Where the World Ends: A Zip, Trik, and Flip Adventure

Princeton Architectural. Jan. 2021. 40p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781616899370.
Gr 1-3–Zip, Trik, and Flip—proportionately the size of five-year-olds, though two are bearlike and one is a rabbit—are playing around when they all wonder: Where does the world end? They decide to find out, periodically asking strangers for directions. Cali and Dek have created an enjoyable, quick, and repetitive story that follows the path to the eventual end. The vocabulary is simple and the text is clear against the page, which also make it easy for emerging readers to stay on the path. The illustrations, a combination of childlike cartoons and bright watercolors, also help readers follow the story by showing the people and places the three friends meet. Some illustrations even present the friends’ journey using a lovely before and after of a drawn map, encouraging children to draw their own maps of exploration and serving as an example of basic cartography.
VERDICT Cali and Dek take readers to the end of the world after a wonderful and well-paced journey through a joyful and curious world.

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