Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli

higher! higher!In my last post I gushed about how much I love Marla Frazee.  Leslie Patricelli is another one of those illustrators that I LOVE!!  Two years ago (man -was it really two years ago already?!) I was able to interview Leslie and honestly, being able to interview Leslie is one of the best highlights I’ve had from blogging thus far.  I love her books so much.

Higher! Higher! came out last year and I feel guilty that I’m just now reviewing it here on the blog.  It is one of the books that my boys will pull out frequently.  In fact, they have it memorized (actually not a hard feat when each page only says “Higher! Higher!”) but I will hear them looking at it to themselves and reciting the text.  It never gets old for them.

In Higher! Higher! a little girl is being pushed on the swing and keeps asking to go higher and higher.  And she does go higher.  So high in fact that she finds a surprise.  One that I won’t spoil for you but one that my boys get a kick out of every single time.  They especially love the monkey and they love to spot the baby which is the main character in Leslie Patricelli’s other books.

Sadly, I don’t have Leslie’s newest book Potty which just came out last week.  And I NEED this book right NOW.  Not having any luck in the potty training area.  Crisis situation.  Hopefully Leslie Patricelli will come to the rescue.  Is that too much to ask from our favorite illustrators?

Links of interest: Leslie Patricelli website, Maw Books interview with LeslieMaw Books spotlight on Leslie Patricelli’s board books.
Genre: Fiction Picture Book, approx age 4-8.
Publisher: Candlewick.  March 24, 2009.
Hardcover, 32  pages. ISBN 0763632414
Source: Review copy for 2009 Cybil’s nomination for which I was a panelist.
Higher! Higher! is available from your favorite independent bookstore, Powell’s, and Amazon.

2 comments


  1. I love Leslie’s books and so do my kids! This is about one of the only ones I don’t have actually. We just received Potty and Tubby in the mail and they are great.

    My kids are just the same though, they’ll pull her books off the shelf over and over again. They never fail to entertain and even with a two year age difference they both still love the books. Now I really want this one too!

    on September 29th, 2010 at 1:25 am
  2. This was my Cybils picture book rec. last year. I just adore it. The illustrations are superb.

    on September 29th, 2010 at 11:52 am

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