Reviews for Police Cloud
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall
One industrious cumulus wants to be a police officer: "I want to wear a big blue hat and help people." Created in Adobe Illustrator, the geometric, pleasantly retro illustrations show the challenges he faces. When the cloud begins to cry, he finds his ideal vocation: firefighting! The final spread shows one happy cloud, proud to be wearing a big (red) hat. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2007 #2
Besides raining on parades and making horsie and duckie shapes, what other jobs are there for clouds? One industrious cumulus wants to be a police officer, and so he asks his friend the police helicopter to put in a good word for him with the chief: "I want to wear a big blue hat and help people." Created in Adobe Illustrator, the geometric, pleasantly retro illustrations show the whimsical challenges faced by an officer without enough substance to hold onto criminals and with a physique better suited to obstructing traffic than directing it. Saddened by having to turn in his badge, the cloud begins to cry and, presto, finds his ideal vocation: firefighting! The final spread shows one happy cloud, proud to be wearing a big (red) hat and helping out. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2007 January #2
Following in the footsteps of New Yorker colleagues Ian Falconer and Maira Kalman (the latter is depicted on the back dust jacket with an endorsement), magazine illustrator Niemann successfully turns his attention to the picture storybook. His energetic, graphic-style, computer artwork seems ideally suited to this streamlined story set in the big city. Supported by a personified pal named "police helicopter," a small cloud gets his life-long wish and becomes a police officer. After a few disappointing missteps (he's a disaster at directing traffic), the soft, blue-eyed puff finds a better venue for his watery talents as a firefighter. The double-page spreads dominated by geometric forms and patterns display a snazzy sense of color and composition in pictures that support a tale that sounds rather odd but is actually satisfying. Appealing in its simplicity and whimsy, this is a boffo addition to community-helper and weather-related storytimes. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Reviews 2007 June
PreS-Gr 1-- Ever since he was a small puff, the cloud had wanted to be a police officer. Sound familiar? Children with similar aspirations will find a somewhat fluffy hero to which they can relate as they witness his adventures and misadventures while on patrol. When the cloud tries to stop a bank robber, for instance, the bad guy walks right through him and escapes. He tries to direct traffic, but the drivers can't see--too foggy. And nobody wants him to patrol the park: he blocks the sun. These droll situations evoke sympathy and smiles. Realizing that he's a flop as a cop, the cloud floats into despair. When he begins to cry, he unwittingly puts out a blazing building with his tears, suggesting an eminently suitable new line of work and resulting in a happy ending. Niemann hits the ground running with his first picture book. His situations are easy to understand, his narrative logical. The main character is so very likable, partly a result of the gentle dialogue and the enticing computer-generated artwork. The artist has a genius for design, combining sweetly old-fashioned cartoon images with contemporary bold colors and shapes. The book's layout couldn't be more arresting. This endearing offering is sure to rise swiftly on the storytime hit parade.--Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY [Page 118]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.