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It Fell from the Sky by [Terry Fan, Eric Fan]

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[A] wonderfully illustrated fable about the consequences of greed...largely black-and-white spreads by the Fan Brothers (The Antlered Ship), rendered digitally and in graphite, offer mesmerizing crispness and definition. The varied textures captured, from delicate dandelion heads to the glow of fireflies and the glossy reflective surface of the marble itself, give readers an entrée into the insects’ miniature world, and the sense that they are privy to its secrets and movements as the insects learn how to make wonder available to all.  (Publishers Weekly )

The Fans’ marvelous illustrations sparkle with nuance, from lofting dandelion seeds to the Spider’s dew-dropped web...well-nigh Wondrous.  (Kirkus Reviews )

* "A whimsical story of what happens when an everyday item is suddenly seen through new eyes." (School Library Journal, starred review )

"The Fans create a satisfying vintage feel with their playfully formal diction and detailed and graphite and digital illustrations, which mix realism and whimsy...each exquisitely detailed spread invites a longer, closer look, and the restrained palette's grayscale and color contrast recalls the film
The Wizard of Oz. Only the items "from the sky" and the leaf currency are in color, suggesting their otherworldly quality and allure. Fans of David Wiesner should especially love this immersive miniature world where marbles are marvels and community spirit triumphs over filthy leaves--er, lucre." (Shelf Awareness )

"The Fan brothers’ spectacularly detailed graphite work is as sumptuous and painstakingly rendered as always, and they use both shadow and light and limited pops of stunning color to enhance their storytelling in a remarkable way...[t]he story is elegantly told with clear anti-consumerist, anti-greed messaging, and while the spider is a bit alarming-looking, much can be forgiven for its dapper bow tie." (Booklist, starred review )

About the Author

Terry Fan received his formal art training at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada. His work is a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques, using ink or graphite mixed with digital. He spends his days (and nights) creating magical paintings, portraits, and prints. Terry is the cocreator of The Night Gardener, It Fell from the Sky, and Lizzy and the Cloud. Born in Illinois, he now lives in Toronto. Visit him online TheFanBrothers.com.

Eric Fan is an artist and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. Born in Hawaii and raised in Toronto, he attended the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he studied illustration, sculpture, and film. He has a passion for vintage bikes, clockwork contraptions, and impossible dreams. Eric is the cocreator of 
The Night GardenerIt Fell from the Sky, and Lizzy and the Cloud. Visit him online TheFanBrothers.com.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08W5DPGZ1
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 28, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 28, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 9993 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 56 pages
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Terry Fan is a picture book author and illustrator. One part of a creative team - with his brother Eric - known collectively as The Fan Brothers. Their widely praised debut picture book The Night Gardener received starred reviews in Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus, and was Amazon's 2016 Best Book of the Year, ages 6-8.

Together they also illustrated The Darkest Dark (Publisher's Weekly starred review), written by Chris Hadfield and Kate Fillion, and The Antlered Ship (Publisher's Weekly & Kirkus starred reviews), written by Dashka Slater. The Antlered Ship was also Amazon's 2017 Best Book of the Year, ages 6-8. Their next book together, Ocean Meets Sky, publishes on May 15th, 2018 and is available for preorder. Ocean Meets Sky has already received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist and SLJ.

Terry received his formal art training at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. Before he could even talk, he was doodling airplanes on the walls. As a grown-up, he spends his days (and nights) creating magical paintings, portraits and prints. Born in Illinois, he now lives in Toronto, near the shores of Lake Ontario, which he likes to imagine is the sea.

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Everything about this gorgeous book is stunning, from the original design concept to the storytelling to the underlying moral. My two grandsons (4 and 5) were completely captivated by it.

The story is simple. A colorful marble falls to the ground, eliciting huge excitement and speculation amongst the tiny creatures who live there. What is it? Where did it come from? As they all try to lay claim to this rare treasure, spider comes along and takes it for his own, seeing an opportunity to capitalize on the situation. However, when his initially successful venture backfires, spider is left with nothing and nobody, and it’s only when he acknowledges his mistakes and tries to make amends that the story reaches a happy conclusion for all.

The story is wonderful, but what really makes this book stand out are the illustrations, which combine grey scale with splashes of color to highlight the subliminal message of the importance of sharing and working together.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and I shall be looking out for more from the talented Fan Brothers.

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