Sunday, October 22, 2006
My Feet Are Laughing, by Lissette Norman
My Feet Are Laughing is a story told in a series of poems in the jazzy, spunky voice of a Dominican American girl named Sadie. The events of the plot are actually quite tragic: Sadie’s parents split up and then Sadie and her mom and sister have to move into her Grandma’s place. But Sadie is a true poet—she sees happiness underneath the surface of things and uses her writing as a tool to reshape, soften, and invigorate her world. The illustrations further this reshaping—the characters are represented as silly, rambunctious, happy, and resilient. Sadie’s poetry, alone, is spectacular and funky enough to make a great book, but coupled with the fluid, vivid illustrations, My Feet Are Laughing is a rare, delicious gem.