A dramatic tale of escape and unity set against a frozen landscape.
When the young prince of Zapada is imprisoned by invaders, he needs all the help he can get to escape. As he flees dressed in his red pajamas, his captors are hot on his heels. But soon he realizes that he is not alone. The whole land of Zapada has joined forces to help him, each person dressing in red to confound and confuse his enemies. This exciting tale of adventure and escape is brought to life by the illustrator of Wall.
[Roscoe and Cole’s] story of a young prince defying an invading force while dressed in red pajamas certainly strives to tap into the high-stakes drama and chiaroscuro imagery of high fantasy…Roscoe and Cole never let things get too dark or dire for the young prince, but the cinematic imagery and breathless escapes should keep the target audience rapt. —Publishers Weekly
A fable that attempts a spirit of community and loyalty. —Kirkus Reviews
Through simple text and dramatic illustrations, this picture book from the illustrator of Wall (2014) tells a story about the power of community…Two-page spreads are interspersed with panels and single-page illustrations, adding a rhythm to the escape and chase. —Booklist
A visually stunning work about a brave young boy and a people who come together to defend him. Sure to satisfy fans of fairy tales. —School Library Journal
Viewers who enjoyed poring over the intricate artwork in Jones’ Beauty and the Beast (BCCB 3/14), though, may appreciate this folk-like tale. —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books