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Sparks Fly High
by Mary Quattlebaum
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006

 

”Tales of outsmarting the Devil are common; what sets this one apart is that it's rooted in a real place and is sparked by acrylic and pastel illustrations. American folk art inspires Gore's depiction of colonial times with feathery backgrounds, pointy-chin-and-nosed people and gossamer overlays on fabric. …Bursting with sizzle, this version is devilishly crafty.”
                                  -KirkusReviews

                                  (starred review)

"Dramatic illustrations capture the passion and mystery of this tale".
                         -Children's Literature ​

"Gore's textured illustrations convey the story's energy and comedy in beautifully composed scenes."
                                            -Booklist