Illustrated by Peter Sis Published September 1988
A boy’s ability to spell words with his alphabet soup comes in handy during the magical journey he takes in his mind with a friendly bear.
School Library Journal
llustrations add a dreamy quality to the narration. Soft pastels are washed with textured blue oil paint. Text is printed on honey-colored panels, over which tumble alphabet noodles. An exciting adventure with extra appeal to daydreamers. —Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Sis’s contribution to this story adds a dimension not found in the text; everything that transpires is governed by what was placed on the table before the fantasy begins; readers can flip back to the opening shot of the boy and venture guesses as to what might happen next. Using oil pastels, the miniature figures have a flat, primitive look against the bluish-white tablecloth that suits both the real-life and more inventive aspects of the tale.