Fresh from her work on Frozen and Tangled, Claire Keane brings her legendary talent to her debut picture book about finding the right present for someone you love.
Celeste wants to give her mother something special—but what? Her search takes her up into the skies, where she meets the stars, the moon and the sun, but she still doesn’t find the heartfelt present she’s been looking for. At the end of her journey, Celeste sees it—the perfect gift! Chosen with care and wrapped with love, it’s just what Celeste was hoping to find.
In this story about finding unexpected inspiration and giving from the heart, Claire Keane invites readers on a magical journey through the clouds. The result is a visually stunning book that really and truly is the perfect gift.
Keane's background as a visual development artist is on full display in her picture-book debut her nighttime landscapes carry faint echoes of midcentury animation classics like Fantasia; unfortunately, they also look more like sketches and storyboard stills than fully rendered art. The story centers around a wide-eyed girl who can't decide on the perfect gift for her mother. Pondering this quandary at bedtime, Celeste is whisked out the window on the breath of the wind, which Keane imagines as an elderly figure with a sweeping, curling beard. Celeste soon meets other celestial personae, dancing with princesslike stars who bedeck her with jewels, listening to stories told by the sleepy moon (his nightcap has an evocative crescentlike curve), and enjoying tea with the Sun, who resembles an ethereal cousin to Disney's Cinderella. Keane's wispy illustrations create alluring settings, but the underlying story falls short the resolution, in which Celeste's travels inspire her to gather flowers from a field as a gift, feels largely disconnected from her journey. Ages 3 5.