A deep breath and a little imagination are key in this gentle, beautifully illustrated story that will inspire little ones to lift their own spirits — and remember that they are loved.
Some days are harder to get through than others, but when you’re sad, or lonely, or angry, it helps to remember these words: the Isle of You. Take a moment to shake off your worries, then set sail to a land where your dreams can come true. Soar on the back of an eagle, hunt for treasure, watch dancing polar bears on roller skates — anything you can imagine is yours. Hopeful and dreamlike, Jaime Kim’s paintings illuminate a way for young readers to visualize a brighter, happier mood in this compassionate story by David LaRochelle.
About the Author
David LaRochelle is the author of many books for young readers, including Moo! and This Is NOT a Cat!, both illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka, and How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans, illustrated by Mark Fearing.David LaRochelle lives in Minnesota.
Jaime (Jimyung) Kim was born and raised in Korea before moving to the United States at the age of eighteen. She has illustrated many books for young readers, including La La La: A Story of Hope by Kate DiCamillo and And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner. Jaime Kim lives in North Carolina.
Every page is a double spread of delights in full color using pastel watercolor with digital tools. Children will love the carnival and castle environments, the roller-skating polar bears in tutus, and the friendly animal playmates. It’s a dreamland of wonders, a perfect isle to comfort angry or sorrowful moments in a child’s day. —Booklist
LaRochelle (Moo!) and Kim (La La La) have created the picture book equivalent of a guided visualization...those with a stubborn case of weltschmerz should welcome the calming sojourn. —Publishers Weekly
Throughout, the narrator’s questions and suggestions have a peaceful and calming effect and add an interactive layer to the tale. A wonderful depiction of the power of imagination that encourages young children to look inwardly when faced with life challenges. A strong choice for most shelves. —School Library Journal
Among picture books for younger readers, David LaRochelle’s playfully titled Isle of You is imbued with a dreamlike richness and features warm pastel illustrations by Jaime Kim...This is a lovely, soothing antidote to daily snappishness and stress. —The Guardian