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A boy and his dad experience a total solar eclipse in this heartwarming picture book by author and illustrator Andy Rash.
Shimmering rays shine around the moon. I try not to blink.
We are in the perfect place at the perfect time.
After hearing about the total solar eclipse happening in two months, a boy makes a plan with his father to go see it. They drive to the perfect campsite, not wanting to miss the couple of minutes when the sun will be completely hidden by the moon. When the moment happens, being together makes it even more special.
Based on a trip that author-illustrator Andy Rash took with his son to see the eclipse in August 2017, Eclipse is a heartfelt and playfully illustrated ode to seeking out unique adventures and savoring the most special moments with the people you love. Back matter about eclipses and maps of eclipses' paths across the United States make this book perfect for the STEAM curriculum.
About the Author
Andy Rash is the author and illustrator of several picture books, including The Robots Are Coming, Are You a Horse?, and Agent A to Agent Z. Andy's illustrations have been featured in the New York Times, Time, Wired, the New Yorker, and other national publications, and his animations have been shown on Nickelodeon. He teaches illustration at The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. He lives in Milwaukee with his wife and two children.
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2023
â˜… "Rash combines bold cartooning with countdown-style storytelling in this meaningfully starry-eyed view of an eclipse... It's a breathtakingly moment-by-moment story about looking forward to, experiencing, and reminiscing about, a singular occasion -- and more to come." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Based on the author's actual experience with his own son in 2017, this picture book features lively, child-friendly digital artwork filled with scenes of nature, matter-of-fact text that acknowledges the awesomeness of this rare phenomenon, and useful maps that chart the solar eclipse of 2017 and projected paths for future eclipses... Sure to have readers booking their own trips to catch the next brief but memorable solar eclipse." -- Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Are You a Horse?:
"Packed with colors and peppered with lighthearted jokes." -- Booklist
"[The] illustrations are comical and colorful, and the cartoon expressions capture the burlesque nature of the story... A goofy giggle-inducing read-aloud." -- School Library Journal
Praise for Agent A to Agent Z:
â˜… "Rash's deadpan digital cartoons slyly spoof the undercover world... There's good fun here for any aspiring spy who's looking for a reason to come in from the cold." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The illustrations, india ink and Adobe Photoshop, have a bold, appealing quality... enjoy investigating this clever alphabet caper." -- The Horn Book
Praise for The Robots Are Coming:
"[A] clever tongue-in-cheek children's book debut... [Rash] has a keen sense for the pleasingly corny." -- Publishers Weekly
"The screwball gouache and ink illustrations are played for laughs... They zig and zag across the pages, affording a great sense of movement and plenty of fun." -- Booklist