The love keeps pouring in for SEB AND THE SUN by Jami Gigot!
We just received word we will received a STAR from Booklist in their January 2018 Issue!
Read the advanced review here:
This quiet story begins in darkness. It depicts a sleepy town, which is dim and dreary day and night in winter. Gigot’s dark landscape is softened by the patches of snow on mountainsides and rooftops and the light within buildings, giving a sense of the sweetness to come. Seb, a resourceful child spends his dark days searching for treasures with his friend Walrus, while enjoying honey sandwiches with the crusts cut off. Not much happens in these first pages; illustrations present the landscape and Seb’s treasure hunting. The busiest spread shows his neighbors at work: mining, knitting, and carving. Then Seb gets an idea. With supplies from his friends and Walrus's help, he sets out on an adventure to catch sunshine and share it. Gigot’s illustrations advance the story, providing details beyond the simple text. Seb wears a Viking helmet as journeys across the Nordic setting, and the interior of his room, his paintings, and his collections provide more details about his personality. Despite the prevalent darkness, this is a story that always feels warm. For many young American readers, it provides new perspective, and a quiet lesson about the sweetness of a hero who shares his treasure when he gains it. The end pages, like Seb himself, are full of sunshine. — Edie Ching