A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2011 and a finalist for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award
"It was time for Ferdie and Viola to go to school. But Ferdie had eleven cars to wash, the highest tower ever to build, and a snake drawing that wasn't done…"
Ferdie doesn't want to go to school, but go to school he must, and fortunately, his imaginative older sister Viola paves the way. She tells him to put on his superfast cape and his rocket blaster boots and then off they go! Time and again Viola uses her rich imagination to keep Ferdie on his way. But even big sisters get tired sometimes, and so Ferdie, following her example, draws on his own inner resources and imagination to keep them going.
Told through the eyes of a child, this ordinary event is transformed into a wonderful adventure. The children's fantasy world is beautifully illustrated with Cybele Young's intricate 3-D paper sculptures, created from paintings she made of contemporary street scenes.