Charlotte Gullain and Yuval Zommer have collaborated to produce a fantastic concertinaed science book for children, for those that wonder what happens in the sky above them. Similar to their book, Street Beneath My Feet, Charlotte and Yuval have created a book that can be opened out to reveal the activity that goes on above us, indicating the height at which this happens. The Skies Above My Eyes is a fantastic introduction for any science lover of the solar system, the clouds and even the window cleaners that have to work on the skyscrapers.
Illustrator, Yuval Zommer graduated from the Royal College of Art with an M.A. in illustration and pursued a successful career in advertising before returning to his true love of children’s literature. He first worked with Charlotte Gullain on The Street Beneath My Feet, which was also Yuval’s first title for words & pictures. This was shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2018 and named an ALSC Notable Children’s Book 2018 in the All Ages category, as well as being selected by the Guardian as one of 15 ‘modern classics’. And when you see The Skies Above My Eyes there is no second guessing as to why.
This is a book that allows any child or adult to zoom past the technology that fills our skies, from helicopters, fighter jets, weather balloons, to satellites, hang-gliders, and hot-air balloons. You will discover the insects and animals that whizz through the skies, explore the layers of the atmosphere, and travel through the solar system and out to the galaxies far beyond. This expansive concertina book opens out to an impressive length of over eight feet.
The colours are vivid and hold interest, as are Yuval’s fantastic illustrations. The writing covers the basics but it is a great introduction to the goings on above us. There is nothing too intimidating to overwhelm inquisitive minds, apart from perhaps the height it reaches. It’s a fantastic overview and one I can personally look at time and time again with the stunning artwork displaying the solar systems and the stars. A wonderous journey north of our minds, satisfying the dreamers and science-minds simultaneously, Zommer and Guillain have yet again excelled and I would not be too surprised should this book also win them yet more awards.
The Skies Above My Eyes is out now, published by words & pictures.