“Delightfully wistful, re-readable title in the crowded expressions-of-love category.”
How many original perfect rhymes are there for “balloon”? With lines like “More than the longest day loves June” and “More than a tuba loves a tune,” Crozier shows enough to make a unique addition to the crowded “how much I love you” category of children’s literature. Her various iterations of love are mostly intuitive, though why balloons love the moon in her line “More than balloons love the moon” is a little unclear. (Is it because they float into the sky?) Even where the logic is a stretch, Miller’s wistful illustrations distract readers from pondering such issues; in this instance, a dreamy bundle of balloons in company with a few stuffed-animal type friends float through a charming starry night, subconsciously convincing readers that balloons do in fact love the moon. Wispy lines on every page keep readers moving through the soft story, while the pink skewed color palette give it a sentimental feel. The inclusion of a Halloween page tempts you to put the book on the fall reading list, but doing so would be misplacing it, as other pages treat various seasons of the year, though not necessarily in chronological order. Creative rhyming and beautiful, busy illustrations make this story highly re-readable.
Balloons love the moon, and a tuba loves a tune, but these don’t compare to the love we have for you. Award-winning poet Lorna Crozier uses evocative rhyme, complemented by Rachelle Anne Miller’s whimsical imagery, to provide babies and toddlers with common concepts that explain just how great love is.
Lorna Crozier has authored numerous books of poetry and received many awards, including a Governor General’s Award, the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award, the National Magazine Award (Gold Medal) and first prize in the National CBC Literary Competition. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Lorna has read her poetry on every continent except Antarctica, and in 2005 she recited a poem for Queen Elizabeth II as part of Saskatchewan’s centennial celebration.
Rachelle is an Ontario-based children’s illustrator and designer. She studied design at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (more commonly known as the NSCAD University). After graduating, she worked as a graphic designer before launching her career as a freelance illustrator. As a designer, she has worked on everything from websites to international magazines–and, of course, children’s books!
As Rachelle puts it, she is first and foremost a wife and mother who finds inspiration from her children every day.
Rachelle, we love your illustrations in More Than Balloons. Can you tell us how you went about creating them?
The beautiful writings by Lorna Crozier lend themselves easily to some sweet imagery! I usually start my process with some rough conceptual sketches which are reviewed by the publisher. Once all ideas are approved, I go ahead and develop the full illustrations. We discussed beforehand with the publisher that we wanted the characters to be animals.