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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Up the Down Waterfall by Michael Verrett is a delightful fantasy story which will enthrall young readers. Lydia and her sister Abi find themselves being taken up by a gust of wind and dropped outside one rainy day. They find themselves in a blue puddle where they meet Hop Scotch, the blue penguin. What happens after that is one exciting adventure where the three of them go to a strange land on a beach umbrella that flies. Filled with colors, the book takes readers through a world filled with fantasy and excitement and a lot of new interesting things.
I found the story dreamy, surreal and filled with adventure that will enchant children. The illustrations are bright and colorful and they not only complement the author's thoughts, but also give life and movement to the story and characters. Children are introduced to colors and new things and can also improve their vocabulary by reading this book. It's a good bedtime storybook for children and it's also good for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The penguin, waterfall, beach umbrella, colored clouds, rainbow, the giant bubble, the colored sea, pelican, seal, snow princess, and many other things fill the story with radiance.
Children will definitely love Lydia's and Abi's adventure and it will make them dream and imagine. The book is colorful and it comes alive with the author's words and illustrations. There are so many new things for children to learn from this story.