It Fell From the Sky by The Fan Brothers

EEEKK! This is an INCREDIBLE book. I absolutely loved It Fell From the Sky by The Fan Brothers. This might also be the first time that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading a children’s picture book in a digital version.

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It Fell From the Sky Digital and Physical Copies

I totally want to see the physical copy so that I can compare but the purposeful spaces in the illustrations that let the light flood through my device is spellbinding. The use of ink and graphite along with digital techniques in this book is something you truly need to see.

It Fell From the Sky Synopsis

On the surface it’s a simple book where a magnificent object, that must be out of this world, falls from the sky. The introduction to the insects at the start had me reminiscing of reciting Who Killed Cock Robin with my stepdad as a child; each character coming in turn and unsure on the truth that they were telling.

However, it all changes when capitalist Spider, seizes an opportunity to monopolise on this rarity to the detriment of the community.

Superb book that would make a wonderful text to explore deeper as a class text but equally make a stunning gift.

Discovering It Fell From the Sky

I originally discovered this book through Nikki Gamble’s podcast – In the Reading Corner. You can find her fascinating interview with the three brothers here. I found it particularly interesting to discover how the three brothers worked together to be able to accomplish this book. It’s so interesting to see how this digital age that we are in is allowing illustrators to work collaboratively in different ways.

Bookish Learning and Play Ideas

  • There are some lovely calligraphy elements on a few words on the cover and in the book. Exploring fonts used in books my be an interest to be explored. Opportunities to use calligraphy sets or explore the popular trend of brush lettering. I’ve recently signed up to this brush lettering course. There’s also some lovely kits available on Etsy here. There are so many different types of pens you can get for brush lettering now too. You can find some here and I love the gorgeous pastel ones here.
  • A great opportunity for short burst writing. Have a collection of every day objects. If you didn’t know what they were – what else could they be? How would you describe them to others. Another great option is having lesser known objects – historical artefacts that you maybe aren’t sure what they are and could guess their purpose. Museums are a great place to go for this sort of opportunity. I remember going to the Black Country Museum as a child and being fascinated by the different objects I discovered and their uses.

Thank you #NetGalley and the publisher for eARC.

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