Sadie is a little girl with a big imagination. She has been a girl who lived under the sea and a boy raised by wolves. She has had adventures in wonderland and visited the world of fairytales. She whispers to the dresses in her closet and talks to birds in the treetops. She has wings that take her anywhere she wants to go, but that always bring her home again. She likes to make things -- boats out of boxes and castles out of cushions. But more than anything Sadie likes stories, because you can make them from nothing at all. For Sadie, the world is so full of wonderful possibilities ... This is Sadie, and this is her story.
As in previous collaborations like When You Were Small and Where You Came From, O'Leary and Morstad put forth a playful, imagination-first portrait of childhood, introducing a girl named Sadie who is equally at home in the expanses of her mind as she is in the outside world. Striking an irreverent tone from the first page ("This is Sadie. No, not that. That's a box. Sadie is inside the box"), O'Leary follows her raven-haired heroine as she sets sail in the aforementioned cardboard box, spends the day with friends ("Some of them live on her street, and some live in the pages of books"), and inserts herself into the stories she reads. "She has been a boy raised by wolves," writes O'Leary as Morstad shows Sadie and a small pack of wolves howling on the jungle floor. Throughout, the warm, understated writing and rich, mixed-media illustrations emphasize that Sadie can be anything or anyone she wants a snail, the Mad Hatter, a fairy-tale hero and that, by extension, every reader wields the very same power. Ages 3 7. Author's agent: Jackie Kaiser, Westwood Creative Artists. Illustrator's agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management.