Lift

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By Minh Lê

Illustrated by Dan Santat

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$22.99 CAD

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  1. Hardcover $17.99 $22.99 CAD
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From the award-winning and bestselling creators of Drawn Together comes the fantastic tale of a magical elevator that will lift your spirits–and press all the right buttons!

Iris loves to push the elevator buttons in her apartment building, but when it’s time to share the fun with a new member of the family, she’s pretty put out. That is, until the sudden appearance of a mysterious new button opens up entire realms of possibility, places where she can escape and explore on her own. But when she’s forced to choose between going at it alone or letting her little brother tag along, Iris finds that sharing a discovery with the people you love can be the most wonderful experience of all.

Using their dynamic comics-inspired storytelling, acclaimed author Minh Lê and Caldecott Medal-winning artist Dan Santat carry readers on a journey of ups, downs, and twists and turns that will send hearts–and imaginations–soaring.

*”Beautiful”
School Library Journal, starred review

*”Dazzling”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

*”Delightful”
School Library Connection, starred review

*”Immersive”
Booklist, starred review

*”Inspired”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Genre:

  • Praise for Lift:An ALA Notable Book
    A Summer 2020 Kids' Indie Next List
    PW Best Books of the SummerIndieBound Children's Bestseller
    The Boston Globe Best Books of 2020

     
  • "This second collaboration by the award-winning team of Lê and Santat touches that sweet spot between children's 'anywhere but here' longings and the everyday joys and heartaches of sibling rivalry."
    The New York Times
  • * "Styled like a graphic novel's, the illustrations focus on Iris' feelings as she imagines a new elevator button, one that she can control, with the magical ability to transport her to other worlds. Frustration, invention, escape, wonder -- all move across the pages with immediacy. Like Sendak's Max, Iris uses anger to lift her away from the real world into jungles and outer space. And she returns to her room changed. Breaking the bounds of a traditional picture book, Iris' creative growth elevates us all."
    Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • * "Beautiful art enhances an uplifting story that encourages readers to share secret wonders with one another -- even annoying kid siblings."
    School Library Journal, starred review
  • * "The story is beautifully told through Santat's expressive characters and dynamic panels of sequential art..... [It's] an entirely immersive experience that children will reach for, again and again, like their own magic button."
    Booklist, starred review
  • * "An excellent choice for individual consumption or as a read-aloud, this story is sure to get creative juices flowing."
    School Library Connection, starred review
  • * "Santat's comedic versatility and theatrical use of light give the story cinematic momentum, while Lê's insight into Iris's conflicting emotions adds depth and warmth to the tale."
    Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • "Uplifting."
    The Horn Book
  • "A magic elevator button brings two siblings together in this uplifting picture book reminiscent of a graphic novel."
    Shelf Awareness
  • "Magic happens here, through a few words and vibrant illustrations that capture emotions common to kids finding their place in a family and a community."
    Common Sense Media
  • "The story itself makes a kid-appealing metaphor about leaving the familiarities of baby and toddlerhood behind for new, exciting adventures."
    BCCB

On Sale
May 5, 2020
Page Count
56 pages
ISBN-13
9781368036924

Minh Lê

About the Author

Minh Lê is the author of The Blur, the Eisner-nominated Lift, Drawn Together (winner of the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature), Green Lantern: Legacy, and more. He is also on the faculty of the Hamline University MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, serves on the board of We Need Diverse Books, and has written for a number of national publications, including NPR, HuffPost, and the New York Times. Minh does not meditate as much as he should, but he does savor every moment of life with his wonderful wife and children at their home in San Diego.

Chan Chau is a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. They are the artist of New York Times bestselling Baby-Sitter's Club graphic novel adaptations of Kristy and the Snobs and Jessi's Secret Language. Before this, they worked in animation and were featured in multiple award-winning anthologies. In their free time, they love to play video games, read manga, and spend quality time with their found family. They currently reside in Washington state.

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Dan Santat

About the Illustrator

Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, Are We There Yet?, and After the Fall as well as the illustrator of many other picture books, including Crankenstein by Samantha Berger. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and various pets.

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