Dear Kathi Appelt and David Small,

The UnderneathI have to admit, it was the illustrations that drew me to The Underneath to start with–David, I’m sure I’ve said before on this blog that I’m a huge fan of your art.  It’s always awesome.  I quickly discovered, though, that this book was much more than it appeared.  Kathi, I love the way you intertwined the storylines, the past and the present all melding into something extremely mythic in feel.  It read rather like a folk story, both because of the prevalence of animal characters and the repetitive language.  The illustrations were a nice counterpoint, so alive and vibrant in their simple lines that they really grounded the story in a modern setting and kept it from flying too far away from readers’ ability to identify.  Now my academic roots are showing!  Five stars for you both.



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