by Vittoria Facchini
A mother gives her two children five cherries each. One is excited; the other a little disappointed. Only five cherries? But wait, says the first. Let's pretend I eat them all at once. Let's pretend I don't, says the other. Let's pretend I cure my patients with special medicine. Let's pretend I'm a jester and make people laugh. One is a girl, one a boy, but they become hard to identify as the game goes on and their play becomes deeper and more revealing.
"Facchini’s wildly expressive paintings―part Ralph Steadman, part Chris Raschka―immerse readers in the siblings’ vivid scenarios, games, and interactions. It’s a vibrant reminder of the almost boundless capacity of a child’s imagination."
"Painterly figures against plenty of white space―and those gorgeous, red cherries―invite readers into their own fruit-fueled fantasies."
"'5 Cherries' is an ideal and enthusiastically recommended addition to family, preschool, day care center, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 4 to 8."
Midwest Book Review
★ BIB – Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava 2017 – selected in the Italian shortlist
★ The Original Art 2017 – The Society of Illustrators, New York - selected by Jury