written by Aimée Bissonette
illustrated by Catherine Pearson
Imagine This! series
Albert Whitman & Co., September 2020
ISBN 978-0807558218

About the Book

We can fly straight up or down, backwards or forwards, stop and hover, make hairpin turns—at top speed or in slow motion. And we've been on Earth for around 300 million years. Strong graphic art and rhythmic text packed with interesting facts to capture imaginations.


“Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, anyone who works with children over the age of four. This would be a great addition to a science classroom–there is a lot of information about both the desert and desert animals. … This book is perfect for children over the age of four years old, especially if it is a child who enjoys animals.” (Kristin Guay, Youth Services Book Reviews, starred review)

“The art on the initial double-page spread–indeed on all—is dramatic and eye-catching. This one shows a large dragonfly whose golden-and-blue body stretches across the gutter, with a background of green and blue foliage against pink-hued panels. Large, bold text declares: “We’ve been here three hundred million years. We are small now, but back then our wings spread more than 2 feet across. And we ruled the sky.” As with all ensuing spreads but the last, this first-person text … is followed by text in a smaller font, more informative and sophisticated, and related in the third person. The dragonflies’ commentary, along with bold imagery, will keep younger naturalists from squirming; reading the additional text is recommended for ages 6 and older.” (Kirkus Reviews)

A peek inside the book

illustration from Dragonfly, copyight Catherine Pearson
from Dragonfly, an illustration © Catherine Pearson

About the Illustrator
Catherine Pearson is a Swiss illustrator based in the hills of Lausanne, Switzerland. With a European Bachelor in illustration, Catherine through her career and experiences has refined a unique and playful style. She is passionate about bringing clients ideas to life and believes illustration can bring you where words cannot. Follow Catherine on Instagram and at The Good Apple.

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