With the visual grace and elegance of Jon Klassen, Kuefler’s debut offers a classic story about the power of the imagination. It’s an Indie Next pick and this sweet little video offers a nice sense of the book.
“Kuefler reveals an impressive toolbox of visual storytelling skills in a story whose wide-eyed characters and broad washes of limpid hues carry echoes of Jon Klassen and Wes Anderson. His hero, Ernest D., bored of his house and his town, gazes into the pond in his backyard, trying unsuccessfully to sound its depths….He and his trusty dog dive in, and the camera pulls back to reveal, with a grin, dark, deep water where the shadows of sharks and squid lurk. Equipped with a flashlight, camera, and wooden sword, the two emerge to find a parallel world crammed with all the adventure a bold child could want, from a tiny mouse astride a unicorn to a terrifying, gigantic clawed paw that reaches out to grab him. When Ernest D. and his dog return, ‘His town looked a little less ordinary… Beyond every street and silent corner was a place unexplored.’ It’s a witty, auspicious debut.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[A] tale of transformation and wonder…reminiscent of Sendak’s Max and his Wild Things.”
— School Library Journal
“This lovely picture book is a tribute to imagination and the wonder in everyday spaces…will resonate with young readers.”
Beyond the Pond (9780062364272) by Joseph Kuefler. $17.99 hardcover. 10/6/15 on sale.