Today's Fabulous Picture Book
illustrated by David Wiesner
A boy makes friends with a mischievous little cloud, who whisks him away to the Cloud Dispatch Center for Sector 7 where the clouds are bored with their everyday shapes.
On a class trip to the Empire State Building, a boy who likes to draw is approached by a friendly cloud who takes him to Sector 7 where clouds form according to blueprints drawn up by grumpy, unimaginative humans. It seems the clouds are itching for a makeover, and the boy, pencil and paper in hand, gives it to them. As with all wordless books, individual readers supply the "text"; interpretations of exactly what's going on may differ depending upon age, maturity, and experience.
The Caldecott Honor illustrations, ranging from full-page spreads to small vignettes, run the gamut from detailed, realistic renderings of places and human characters to pictures of fluffy clouds, at once diaphanous and substantial, complete with expressive faces, and fat, fascinating four-fingered hands.