This Is Sadie

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Morstad, Julie
By (author): O'Leary, Sara
Series: Sadie Mac
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Books & Libraries
  JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
Publisher: Tundra Books
Published: May 2015
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 32
Size: 10.31in x 7.44in x 0.44in
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Calling all dreamers, young and old! The intrepid Sadie travels the world (both the real and imaginary), and reinvents herself several times over in this beautifully illustrated picture book.

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*Sadie is a little girl with a big imagination. She has been a girl who lived under the sea and a boy raised by wolves. She has had adventures in wonderland and visited the world of fairytales. She whispers to the dresses in her closet and talks to birds in the treetops. She has wings that take her anywhere she wants to go, but that always bring her home again. She likes to make things -- boats out of boxes and castles out of cushions. But more than anything Sadie likes stories, because you can make them from nothing at all. For Sadie, the world is so full of wonderful possibilities ... This is Sadie, and this is her story.
Review Quote*"When we meet Sadie, the heroine of this elegant tribute to the inner life of an imaginative girl, she is sitting in a cardboard box. But wait - O'Leary quickly has Sadie herself weigh in to clarify: "Sadie says she's not inside the box at all. ‘I'm on an enormous boat,' she says, ‘crossing a wide, wide sea.'" With playful moves like that, O'Leary puts Sadie at the center of her own story, and invites her audience to follow Sadie's lead. "Sadie has wings, of course," we learn - "Maybe you have them too. Have you checked?" In Morstad's quietly delightful gouache and watercolor illustrations, black-haired Sadie looks both delicate and strong, pretty and at times androgynous. She's a mermaid and "a boy raised by wolves," howling at the moon; she carefully chooses dresses and artfully hammers nails into wood. It's an appealingly rounded glimpse of girlhood that's somehow both timeless and modern." -The New York Times

"As in previous collaborations like When You Were Small and Where You Came From, O'Leary and Morstad put forth a playful, imagination-first portrait of childhood, introducing a girl named Sadie who is equally at home in the expanses of her mind as she is in the outside world. Striking an irreverent tone from the first page ("This is Sadie. No, not that. That's a box. Sadie is inside the box"), O'Leary follows her raven-haired heroine as she sets sail in the aforementioned cardboard box, spends the day with friends ("Some of them live on her street, and some live in the pages of books"), and inserts herself into the stories she reads." -Publishers Weekly

"This award-winning duo beautifully convey the magic that is to be found in reading or listening to a story. The appealing text is accompanied by lush drawings rendered in gouache, ink, and Photoshop that lend it a fanciful feel in the best way possible. With its leisurely pace and verdant illustrations, this book is a delight for bedtime as well as an excellent storytime choice paired with Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon and Peter Bently's King Jack and the Dragon (Dial, 2011). VERDICT A wonderful purchase for all collections." -School Library Journal

"Sadie is a young girl who revels in the power of her imagination and is not limited by silly things like traditional gender constructs. The dynamic duo of O'Leary and Morstad have crafted a quiet but powerful celebration of childhood with a heroine that is a role model for boys and girls alike. Readers should be prepared to reserve a special place on their shelves -- and in their hearts -- for the incomparable Sadie." -Huffington Post

"Morstad's soft-palette illustrations engage perfectly with O'leary's text creating a whimsical kid-centred picture book that will be enjoyed by both children and adults. With something new to discover upon each encounter, This is Sadie is sure to become a favourite bedtime read." -Quill and Quire

"With the picture book This Is Sadie, Sara O'Leary and Julie Morstad team up to introduce us to a girl of great imagination. Rather than plotting a linear storyline for her heroine, O'Leary offers us a character sketch of a girl uninhibited by adult limitations." -Montreal Review of Books

"Sadie's days are never long enough, and readers may feel the same way about this story: It doesn't overstay its welcome, and every moment is a pleasure. And don't forget to remove the book jacket to see the surprise waiting on the cover. Here's hoping for more of Sadie's adventures in the future." -Book Page

"What kind of reader is it for? This is a story for those with a deep love of stories."-Buzzfeed
"This is Sadie is an irresistible book filled with a charm that entrances and a heroine that is unforgettable. Sara O'Leary's fine narrative is sublimely complemented by the exceptional and aesthetically appealing art of Julie Morstad. Don't miss this one! It is delightful."-Canadian Review of Materials
Biographical NoteSara O'Leary is a writer of fiction for both adults and children. She is the author of the award-winning series of Henry books: When You Were Small, Where You Came From and When I Was Small all illustrated by Julie Morstad. A graduate of the UBC Creative Writing Program, she has taught screenwriting and writing for children at Concordia University in Montreal. Sara was named for a grandmother who was called Sadie all her life. She is happy to have a child to name after her.

Julie Morstad is an author, illustrator and artist living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her most recent book for children, How To, marks her authorial debut, and has received starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal and Quill & Quire, as well as a Governor General's award nomination. Books she has illustrated for children include When You Were Small, recipient of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award; When I Was Small, winner of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize; and Singing Away the Dark, which was shortlisted for a number of children's literature prizes.