Zig and the Magic Umbrella, by Sylvie Kantorovitz, is illustrated with such bold vivacity that the drawings take on the appearance of bright finger paints that seem to jump off the page. Upon opening the end pages, you see that it is raining. And through the rain, Zig, who is a blue lonely creature, comes upon a bright red umbrella. As it drifts into his path, he grabs it and an adventure ensues. He floats in the air until he comes upon a tiny yellow bird that soon flies off. He follows by using the umbrella as a boat so he can cross the water. He ends up using this umbrella in many ways and what he encounters will have youngsters reading this again and again. The combination of collage and acrylic is brilliant. And, be sure to check out the end pages.
Since moving to the United States, she has illustrated many books, including the bestselling WHEELS ON THE BUS, a Raffi Song to Read. After so many years of illustrating other people’s work, Sylvie returned to both writing and illustrating with THE VERY TINY BABY (Charlesbridge) and ZIG AND THE MAGIC UMBRELLA (Dial Books for Young Readers).