Here’s a story that takes keeping up with the Joneses to heady new heights.
Sky High by Germano Zullo is the story of two very competitive neighbours. They begin renovating their houses in a bid to out-do each other. The houses become increasingly elaborate – solid gold doors, marble inlaid with diamonds, exotic hardwood floors, an ultra-modern kitchen, hanging gardens, a moon rock spire and mosaic floors of emeralds and rubies. With each new addition, the neighbour’s houses become taller and taller – where will it all end?!
One house finally falls and the owner of the house that’s still standing orders a celebratory pizza from the highest tower of his skyscraper. But can the pizza delivery girl navigate her way to the top? Who is the real ‘winner’? There’s a nice twist at the end.
There is much to love about Sky High and not just that it’s a perfect cautionary tale for children and their would-be-renovator-parents. There is very little text – older children will be impressed by the roll-call of elaborate details but young children will be happy to pore over the pictures that steadily creep up the page. The book’s distinctive long vertical format is eye-catching and the highly detailed black and white line drawings just beg for very close inspection.
Sky High is available at Book Depository, with free post to Australia.