TOON LEVEL: 1
INTEREST LEVEL: Age 3+
READING LEVEL: Grades K-1
LEXILE LEVEL: BR
GUIDED READING LEVEL: G
AUTHOR: Thereza Rowe
DIMENSIONS: 9" x 6"
January 2014 release
About the Book
When Penelope the Fox drops her heart into the sea, she's swept off on a perilous journey dodging sharks and royal cat-guards, until a cartwheeling chicken leads her to the garden of lost things.
Young readers will fall in love with Thereza Rowe's bold and playful designs. And as they follow Penelope (and her heart!), they will learn what is truly precious.
About the Author
Thereza Rowe is a Brazilian-British artist living in London, England. She says: "My favorite tools are color, shape, and imagination. I daydream about magic clocks, flying fish, enchanted forests—the list goes on. I work alone in the studio, so my cats, Flash and her sister Kitty, have always been my best companions (we talk to each other in five languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and...Meow-purr.) When Flash went to cat's heaven, it was like half of my heart had been ripped out. As I was wallowing in my own misery, suddenly came a wee voice: 'Whatever happens, never lose your heart. Everything is going to be just fine.' That's when I started doodling Penelope—I think of myself as a fox—sitting on a cliff, and I wondered what would happen if I really lost my heart..."
"An ideal first comic for new readers."
"Youngsters will return to this tale of old and new friendship and loss, finding in Penelope’s experiences something that speaks to their own hearts...An unusual and unique choice for all libraries."
--School Library Journal
"You will struggle to find a book that describes love more perfectly than this... I was completely bowled over by this book, visually it's absolutely stunning, the story works for a variety of age groups, the characters are fantastic and the setting is the sort of place you'd love to visit in your dreams. I would love to see a thousand more books like this from Thereza, it really is that good."
--Read it Daddy!
Visually striking, and out of the ordinary...HEARTS is definitely a unique book, both as a beginning reader and as a picture book in general...if you think out of the box this is a wonderful book for all sorts of readers of all ages and situations."
"Indeed the Lewis Carroll comparisons are apt, there’s that sense of an imagination firing in all directions, of worlds of strange creatures, where normal rules no longer apply, where the illustrations are perfectly in keeping with the strangeness of the adventure...this is one that will entrance readers."
"High-quality and brilliantly illustrated graphic novel, full of interesting illustrations"
--The Real TV Land
"Thereza has a very special way of using clever arrangements of shapes to create a plethora of fantastical images, and although the book is aimed at small people it will appeal just as much to adults, who will probably more closely relate their own lives to this tale of learning to let go and love again."
--Amelia's Magazine - Read the interview with Thereza Rowe
"Rowe’s figures are simple, flat and suggestive, having an aura of ancient artwork about them, and they “move” a bit like stickers or decals being re-positioned on the flat, abstracted, wrapping paper-pretty backgrounds. The colors are are gorgeous and eye-popping; while I’ve yet to read a dull or poorly-made Toon Books book, I’m having trouble thinking of one that shines and twinkles like Hearts does."
--School Library Journal, Good Comics for Kids
"Hearts is an imaginatively thrilling book for brand-new readers. The art is so nicely paired with the sparse text that it speeds the storytelling along. Sound effects, symbols, and more are used to create a tale that children will love to read (and parents might truly enjoy acting out). The visuals seem to be inspired by hieroglyphics and cave paintings, in a way, which generates a fun, exciting look. The book is weird, but in the best possible, offbeat way."
"Hearts is a book with many strings to its bow...Rowe has paid great attention to visual detail, such as allowing her waves to sway across the gutters between the panels and lining the top edge of her seagull tail so that it sits completely level with the horizon in the previous image. This level of care lifts the book to not only a beautiful introduction to comic books, but to thing of beauty in itself. Printed on matte paper which only emphasises Rowe’s exquisite colour choices, Hearts is a beautifully made, hardback book, perfectly sized for small hands."
--The Enchanted Forest