High in the Clouds

High in the Clouds


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Forced to leave his woodland home, destroyed by the expansion plans of the evil Gretsch, Wirral the squirrel vows to find the fabled land of Animalia, where all the animals are said to live in freedom and without fear. Aided and abetted by Froggo the hot-air-ballooning frog, Wilhamina the plucky red squirrel, and Ratsy the streetwise rodent, Wirral's personal quest turns into a full-blown plan to save enslaved animals Everywhere -- a plan that is fraught with danger.

Exciting, poignant, and funny, this lavishly illustrated epic tale will delight children of all ages.

Paul McCartney's lifelong interest in children's storytelling grew out of his love of classic Disney. He has created a number of award-winning animated films in collaboration with Geoff Dunbar, including Tuesday, based on the book by David Wiesner, and Tropic Island Hum, which features characters from this book.

Geoff Dunbar, the artist who created the illustrations for High in the Clouds, is one of the world's finest animation directors. Among the many awards for film and television he has received are two British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards (BAFTAs), a BAFTA nomination, and a Palme d'Or at Cannes.

Philip Ardagh is a bestselling children's author whose books have received widespread critical acclaim throughout the world. His work is now translated into twenty-seven languages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525477334
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/03/2005
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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High in the Clouds 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was so incredible!!! i cant explain it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
McCartney, Dunbar and Ardagh combine to create a simple yet delightful tale. The G for Gretsch could be substituted by W for Wal-Mart as the Woodlands are bulldozed into oblivion in what many in the real world defer to as 'progress.' The computer animation should easily capture young readers imagination.
tiamatq on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ooo, I feel badly for reviewing this book this way, but... I really wasn't that impressed with High in the Clouds. I thought it was full of oversimplifications, that the characters weren't well developed, and things happened in the book because it was convenient for them to happen. From the start, I was put off - for example, Wirral's mother is killed when the bulldozers destroy the Woodland. However, amidst the mayhem and carnage, Wirral is able to get his father's old raft, put his mother on it, and then decorate it with piles of flowers? And even as this is going on, the forest is still being destroyed, with branches falling around him and others begging him to leave? Not only is the story muddled, but the artwork doesn't represent this at all. I felt that the personalities of the characters were very much stereotyped. While the narrative has some fun asides, they often seemed to leave children out of the loop. It seems that no one settled on a particular writing style for the entire story. I really wish that more detail and revision had been put into this story - lots of the characters are very interesting, but we learn so little about them. For example, what are some of the 101 reasons that Alfredo the flea hates Gretsch? Why does Froggo have a wooden leg? And why on earth would the animals leave their children with Gretsch as a babysitter? I really did want to enjoy this book, but I felt that it was incomplete.
NanaJudy More than 1 year ago
I love buying books for my children and grandchildren. This this is a wonderful story. I bought it for two of my grandsons and can't wait to read to them. The author makes it even more special for me as Paul McCartney is my favorite composer. Thank you Sir Paul.
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GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't root for the good guys and love to see them win? Such a scenario becomes irresistible when presented by the talented trio of Paul McCartney, Geoff Dunbar, and Philip Ardagh. We understand that seeds for this book were planted when McCartney and Dunbar worked together on a film. Whatever the genesis, 'High In The Clouds' is a sure winner. Our hero is Wirral, a happy squirrel who lives in Woodland and delights in listening to his mother's stories. Mom is Sugartail, an enchanting storyteller who captivates creatures with her words. Even Froggo listens, popping in from time to time in his hot-air balloon. Yes, life couldn't get much better for Wirral decides as he glances at nearby Megatropolis, a big ugly city. Woodland is Eden to him. Unfortunately there's trouble in Eden when Gretsch annexes Woodland and dispatches bulldozers 'a nightmare of noise and destruction.' The animals run in all directions, trying to escape the holocaust. Sadly, Sugartail is pinned beneath a huge tree. Her last words to Wirral are that he must find Animalia, a sanctuary where all the animals can live in freedom and safety. A disconsolate Wirral doesn't know what to do, so he heads for Megatropolis. It is there that he meets and befriends Wilhamina, a feisty red squirrel and Ratsy, a rodent (of course) who knows his way around city streets. He even meets the evil Gretsch who destroyed his beloved Woodlands. Out of his despair comes a plan - Wirral determines to save all animals. But, how can this be done? Therein lies this touching, adventure filled tale. - Gail Cooke