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Little Blue Chair, by Cary Fagan | Book Review

Denise Mealy | The Children’s Book Review | July 25, 2019

Little Blue ChairLittle Blue Chair

Written by Cary Fagan

Illustrated by Madeline Kloepper

Age Range:  3-7

Hardcover: 40 pages  

Publisher: Tundra Books (2017)

ISBN: 9781770497559

What to expect: Familiar objects, stories, worldviews

This charming book is a perfect bedtime read. Comforting and sweet, LITTLE BLUE CHAIR reminds children that everything we love comes back to us in one way or another.

Boo’s favorite chair is little and blue, and it’s perfect for all the fun things he likes to do. Sitting, reading while sitting amongst daffodils, eating, and even taking a comfy nap. But when he outgrows it, his mother puts it by the street to give it away. So begins the long, colorful journey of the little blue chair that everyone ‘round the world loved. The chair goes to a junk shop, then is bought by an old woman who uses it to hold her beloved potted plant. Next it rides on a ship across the ocean, then atop an elephant to give rides to children. It lives at the carnival working on a ride, then on the ring toss game. When a boy wins it as a prize, he accidentally lets it float away by tying it to a colorful bunch of balloons. Eventually the chair floats over the land and sea back to its original home, landing in the front garden of the grown-up boy named Boo. He lovingly restores it and gifts it to his daughter. 

“This chair is perfect,” she declares, and it really is.

Cary Fagan’s sparse and poignant prose has just the right touch to move this simple story along and to make the ending so moving. Children will love the idea of their favorite thing coming back to them, even if they grow up. Fagan’s lovely rhythm and the repetition of “It will be perfect,” creates a calming story that is ideal for reading before bed. The imaginative and unique illustrations of Madeline Kloepper are enchanting and diverse. I appreciated the multitude of genders and ethnicities so that any child can find representation in the story. It’s attention to detail that makes this book outstanding. Highly recommended.

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About the Author

CARY FAGAN‘s kids’ books include the popular Kaspar Snit novels, the two-volume Master Melville’s Medicine Show and the picture books Thing-Thing, Ella May and the Wishing Stone and I Wish I Could Draw. Mr. Zinger’s Hat, another of his picture books, was awarded the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the IODE Jean Throop Award. He recently won the Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People for his body of work. His books have been translated into nine languages. Cary is also the author of six novels and three story collections for adults. He was born and raised in Toronto, where he continues to live with his family.

About the Illustrator

Up-and-coming illustrator MADELINE KLOEPPER, a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, brings wise-beyond-her-years illustrations full of sweetness and curiosity to her debut picture book. Madeline grew up in the lower mainland of British Columbia amidst a sea of humans and spent a few years in Vancouver; she has since migrated northward to Prince George. Her work is influenced by childhood, nostalgia and the relationships we forge with nature, no doubt inspired by her love of exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Little Blue Chair, written by Cary Fagan and illustrated by Madeline Kloepper, was reviewed by Denise Mealy. Discover more books like Little Blue Chair by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with .

Contributor

Denise Mealy is a former web content provider who stays at home to change diapers and write books. Her days are filled with Word documents, books and sloppy kisses (from dogs and baby alike). She likes to read, cook, dance, travel and forward pictures of spam sculptures to friends. If she could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, it would be a toss up between J.K. Rowling and Jane Austen. They would probably eat pasta. Yes, definitely pasta. For more information, visit: www.dccmealy.com You can also find her on Twitter: @dccmealy

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