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Faces in the Clouds

Faces in the Clouds
  • Author : Stewart Elliott Guthrie
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  • Release Date :1995-04-06
  • Total pages :670
  • ISBN : 9780195356809
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Summary : Religion is universal human culture. No phenomenon is more widely shared or more intensely studied, yet there is no agreement on what religion is. Now, in Faces in the Clouds, anthropologist Stewart Guthrie provides a provocative definition of religion in a bold and persuasive new theory. Guthrie says religion can best be understood as systematic anthropomorphism--that is, the attribution of human characteristics to nonhuman things and events. Many writers see anthropomorphism as common or even universal in religion, but few think it is central. To Guthrie, however, it is fundamental. Religion, he writes, consists of seeing the world as humanlike. As Guthrie shows, people find a wide range of humanlike beings plausible: Gods, spirits, abominable snowmen, HAL the computer, Chiquita Banana. We find messages in random events such as earthquakes, weather, and traffic accidents. We say a fire "rages," a storm "wreaks vengeance," and waters "lie still." Guthrie says that our tendency to find human characteristics in the nonhuman world stems from a deep-seated perceptual strategy: in the face of pervasive (if mostly unconscious) uncertainty about what we see, we bet on the most meaningful interpretation we can. If we are in the woods and see a dark shape that might be a bear or a boulder, for example, it is good policy to think it is a bear. If we are mistaken, we lose little, and if we are right, we gain much. So, Guthrie writes, in scanning the world we always look for what most concerns us--livings things, and especially, human ones. Even animals watch for human attributes, as when birds avoid scarecrows. In short, we all follow the principle--better safe than sorry. Marshalling a wealth of evidence from anthropology, cognitive science, philosophy, theology, advertising, literature, art, and animal behavior, Guthrie offers a fascinating array of examples to show how this perceptual strategy pervades secular life and how it characterizes religious experience. Challenging the very foundations of religion, Faces in the Clouds forces us to take a new look at this fundamental element of human life.

Faces in the Clouds

Faces in the Clouds
  • Author : Jr. Claude Putman
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  • Release Date :2010-05
  • Total pages :80
  • ISBN : 9780984583904
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Summary : I DECIDED TO DO THIS LITTLE BOOK IN MEMORY OF MY GRANDSON SEAN AS PART OF THE HEALING PROCESS I GUESS. WE LOST SEAN FIVE YEARS AGO TO CANCER. SOME OF THESE WRITINGS WERE ACTUAL THINGS WE SHARED AND SOME OF THEM ARE SIMPLE WORDS OF PAIN AND LOVE WE STILL HAVE FOR HIM. HIS SMILE AND HIS ATTITUDE TOWARD LIFE WAS SOMETHING THE PUTMAN AND MONTGOMERY FAMILIES WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER.THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO TROY, BETH, IAN, AND LITTLE RYAN, A FAMILY WITH AN AMAZING AMOUNT OF STRENGTH AND FAITH...ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF SEAN. I ALSO DEDICATE THIS TO BERNICE, GREG AND GINA. WE ALL STILL MISS SEAN BECAUSE HE WAS SO SPECIAL.

Faces in the Clouds

Faces in the Clouds
  • Author : Matt Nable
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  • Release Date :2011-05-25
  • Total pages :384
  • ISBN : 067007344X
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Summary : Twin brothers Stephen and Lawrence Kennedy are army kids; theirs is a world of barracks, bunks and barbecues. But then their parents are killed in a car accident and the boys are sent to stay with people they barely know. How the boys live with their grief and with each other defines the rest of their lives. They move through adolescence and into adulthood, via girlfriends, jobs, sibling rivalry and loyalty. And somewhere deeply buried within them both is the question of how one deals with the past in order to live in the present and embrace the future. The answer is surprising.

Faces in a Cloud

Faces in a Cloud
  • Author : George E. Atwood
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  • Release Date :1994
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 9780765702005
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Breaking the Spell

Breaking the Spell
  • Author : Daniel C. Dennett
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  • Release Date :2006-02-02
  • Total pages :464
  • ISBN : 9781101218860
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Summary : For all the thousands of books that have been written about religion, few until this one have attempted to examine it scientifically: to ask why—and how—it has shaped so many lives so strongly. Is religion a product of blind evolutionary instinct or rational choice? Is it truly the best way to live a moral life? Ranging through biology, history, and psychology, Daniel C. Dennett charts religion’s evolution from “wild” folk belief to “domesticated” dogma. Not an antireligious screed but an unblinking look beneath the veil of orthodoxy, Breaking the Spell will be read and debated by believers and skeptics alike.

Faces in the Clouds

Faces in the Clouds
  • Author : Ama Birch
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  • Release Date :2019-03-03
  • Total pages :34
  • ISBN : 0359477798
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Summary : Faces in the Clouds is a collection of 10 poems that were written in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005. The poems were then completed in Seoul, South Korea and were originally published in 2009 in Los Angeles. The second edition contains three original photographic poems.

South of the Clouds

South of the Clouds
  • Author : Seth Faison
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  • Release Date :2007-04-01
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 9781429973687
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Summary : South of the Clouds offers a fascinating, intimate portrait of China by telling the story of an American man who ventures into its hidden realms---romance, politics, the criminal underworld, and Tibet. As he matures from a wide-eyed student into a journalist and a seasoned observer, he develops a passion for uncovering secrets, about China and about himself. The author navigates his way past forbidding walls to peek inside the dark corners of Chinese society, relying on a remarkable collection of friends and acquaintances who help guide the way: an embittered policeman in Xian, a gay professor in Shanghai, and a Buddhist monk in Tibet, who presides at an ancient burial ritual where the corpse is carved up and fed to wild vultures. The Tiananmen Square massacre, people smuggling, and the Falun Gong movement are among the political and social upheavals that the author explains as he witnesses China's uncertain road toward capitalism and its place in the modern world. Along his travels, the author wrestles with his own cultural identity, his sexuality, and his spiritual bearings. He finds an erotic outlet in the Chinese "Sauna Massage" and a stirring emotional connection with Jin Xing, a brilliant choreographer and China's first openly transsexual citizen. Ultimately, he discovers the answer to lifelong questions on a mountaintop in Tibet. Seth Faison, with a subtle understanding of Chinese culture, brings past and present events to life in a thought-provoking account of this mysterious nation and its people.

Clouds, Rain, Clouds Again

Clouds, Rain, Clouds Again
  • Author : Lawrence F. Lowery
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  • Release Date :2014-07-17
  • Total pages :36
  • ISBN : 1938946723
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Summary : This soothing book is the perfect invitation to a relaxed afternoon of cloud gazing. It starts by encouraging young readers to observe what clouds look like, from thin wisps to puffy air castles to giant faces. Then the story raises natural questions: Where do clouds get water? Why does it rain? When rain makes puddles and puddles dry up, what happens to the water? The answers give children an easy-to-grasp picture of the water cycle while instilling the kind of curiosity that can lead to a lifetime of experiencing the world from a scientific perspective. Clouds, Rain, Clouds Again is part of the I Wonder Why book series, written to ignite the curiosity of children in grades K–6 while encouraging them to become avid readers. These books explore the marvels of geology, land forms, weather, environments, and other phenomena related to science and nature. Included in each volume is a Parent/Teacher Handbook with coordinating activities. The I Wonder Why series is written by an award-winning science educator and published by NSTA Kids, a division of NSTA Press. Lexile Framework: 590L Visit www.Lexile.com for more information about Lexile Measures.

The Book of Clouds

The Book of Clouds
  • Author : John A. Day
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  • Release Date :2005
  • Total pages :205
  • ISBN : 9781402728136
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Summary : Clouds are simple enough, just a collection of ice crystals or water droplets visible to everyone. Yet they are a source of endless wonder. They appear in an infinite number of shapes and forms. Some are beautiful, some awe inspiring, and some, like the whirling funnel cloud, are terrifying. Clouds inspire artists, poets, songwriters. They have reminded astronauts, looking down from space, that Earth, a seemingly abstract orb, is a place of life and movement. those great swirls of white-as they change shape, swell, evaporate into wisps, disappear and come back, glow with sunlight or darken with rain-are a constant reminder of how dynamic our planet is.

Blue Clouds

Blue Clouds
  • Author : Patricia Rice
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  • Release Date :2012-07-26
  • Total pages :329
  • ISBN : 1611381851
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Summary : “Absolutely stunning... Rice gives us everything we could want in this ‘to keep forever’—love, mystery, and adventure... Fantastic.” Bell, Book ,and Candle Pippa Cochran flees an abusive boyfriend only to end up working for a man everyone calls the Grim Reaper—and not just because he’s a bestselling author of horror novels. Fame and fortune are cold comfort for Seth Wyatt, a man whose inner demons have him living on a volatile precipice—even before someone tries to murder him. An indefatigable caretaker, Pippa isn’t prepared to battle both her employer and his enemies. Still, she can’t resist the emotional pull of Seth’s damaged son or the opportunity to hide in the fortress he calls home. Pippa’s new-found security is destroyed when she and Seth are the victims of several near-fatal accidents. To prevent harm to those she’s come to love, must she run again? Can Seth ask her to stay when it could mean one of them might die? REVIEWS: The Romantic Reader: "You can always count on Patricia Rice for an entertaining story with just the right mix of romance, humor, and emotion." Rendezvous: "A wickedly luscious novel filled with scintillating dialogue, madcap characters, and a premise that shows what true romance is all about. With her superb talent, Ms. Rice pens remarkable tales that come across the pages in whatever genre she writes." Romantic Times: "Vastly entertaining...A wonderful combination of poignancy and humor." Library Journal "(A) romance that snares the reader right from the start." Keywords: California, novelist, nurse, disability, small town, contemporary romance, criminal, mystery and suspense, betrayal, disguise, revenge, romantic, assistant, bad boy, billionaire, boss, recluse, romantic mystery, quirky, humorous

A Research Agenda for Global Crime

A Research Agenda for Global Crime
  • Author : Tim Hall,Vincenzo Scalia
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  • Release Date :2019
  • Total pages :200
  • ISBN : 1786438674
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Summary : This multidisciplinary collection of essays by leading international scholars explores many pressing issues related to global crime. The book opens with essays that look across this diverse terrain and then moves on to consider specific areas including organised crime, cyber-crime, war-crimes, terrorism, state and private violence, riots and political protest, prisons, sport and crime and counterfeit goods. The book emphasises the centrality of crime to the contemporary global world and mobilises diverse disciplinary positions to help understand and address this.

Ketchup Clouds

Ketchup Clouds
  • Author : Annabel Pitcher
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  • Release Date :2013-11-12
  • Total pages :272
  • ISBN : 0316246778
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Summary : Dear Mr. S. Harris, Ignore the blob of red in the top left corner. It's jam, not blood, though I don't think I need to tell you the difference. It wasn't your wife's jam the police found on your shoe. . . . I know what it's like. Mine wasn't a woman. Mine was a boy. And I killed him exactly three months ago. Zoe has an unconventional pen pal--Mr. Stuart Harris, a Texas Death Row inmate and convicted murderer. But then again, Zoe has an unconventional story to tell. A story about how she fell for two boys, betrayed one of them, and killed the other. Hidden away in her backyard shed in the middle of the night with a jam sandwich in one hand and a pen in the other, Zoe gives a voice to her heart and her fears after months of silence. Mr. Harris may never respond to Zoe's letters, but at least somebody will know her story--somebody who knows what it's like to kill a person you love. Only through her unusual confession can Zoe hope to atone for her mistakes that have torn lives apart, and work to put her own life back together again. Rising literary star Annabel Pitcher pens a captivating second novel, rich with her distinctive balance between humor and heart. Annabel explores the themes of first love, guilt, and grief, introducing a character with a witty voice and true emotional resonance.

One Step Away from the Clouds

One Step Away from the Clouds
  • Author : Arturo Mazzeo
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  • Release Date :2020-04-22
  • Total pages :134
  • ISBN :
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Summary : It was wonderful to watch the few lights still lit in the skyscrapers that lit up like stars on a Manhattan night.Who knows how many times James had stopped to contemplate them, but that night, for a strange reason he was reliving the same emotion as when he first arrived in New York many years before.This unexpected feeling made him melancholic and he was reminded of his entire past, retracing like a flash back the road thathad brought him there and this moved him.A good book in my opinion, should be read as you smoke a good cigar enjoying the intense aroma that sticks in your mouth, before blowing out the smoke.This book is about a journey, a long journey, the longest a man can make... the one within himself.It is the only trip that knows no boundaries, the only one that does not need a boarding pass, the only one able to make us go back in time, to meet lost people again, desired faces and faces that we would rather forget.A journey in which you go in the spasmodic search of yourself, searching for something that will never turn into certainty."How are we really made?""Why are we here?""Why do certain circumstances happen?"To these questions James drew his personal conclusion: that weare part of someone's project, because by analyzing the processes of their lives, everyone can understand, even if not immediately, that everything eventually happens for a precise purpose.In life you have to do things before to understand others later, and if you didn't do the previous ones that seemed wrong you wouldn't be able to understand what you understood afterwards. Everything is a cycle that ends until you get to the final conclusion, until you understand why you came into the world, until you reach your true goal. Each of us has a very specific purpose here, each one of us is like a piece of a puzzle, we are all intersected with each other, we are all interconnected, I am useful to you, you are useful to me, even if we do not know how or why.

Lake in the Clouds

Lake in the Clouds
  • Author : Sara Donati
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  • Release Date :2003-04-29
  • Total pages :672
  • ISBN : 0553897519
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Summary : In her extraordinary novels Into the Wilderness and Dawn on a Distant Shore, award-winning writer Sara Donati deftly captured the vast, untamed wilderness of late-eighteenth-century New York and the trials and triumphs of the Bonner family. Now Donati takes on a new and often overlooked chapter in our nation’s past--and in the life of the spirited Bonners--as their oldest daughter, the brave and beautiful Hannah, comes of age with a challenge that will change her forever. Masterfully told, this passionate story is a moving tribute to a resilient, adventurous family and a people poised at the brink of a new century. It is the spring of 1802, and the village of Paradise is still reeling from the typhoid epidemic of the previous summer. Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have lost their two-year-old son, Hannah’s half brother Robbie, but they struggle on as always: the men in the forests, the twins Lily and Daniel in Elizabeth’s school, and Hannah as a doctor in training, apprenticed to Richard Todd. Hannah is descended from healers on both sides--one Scots grandmother and one Mohawk--and her reputation as a skilled healer in her own right is growing. After a long night spent attending to a birth, Elizabeth and Hannah encounter an escaped slave hiding on the mountain. She calls herself Selah Voyager, and she is looking for Curiosity Freeman--a former slave herself, one of the village’s wisest women and Elizabeth’s closest friend. The Bonners take Selah, desperately ill, to Lake in the Clouds to care for her, and with that simple act they are drawn into the secret life that Curiosity and Galileo Freeman and their grown children have been leading for almost ten years. The Bonners will do what they must to protect the Freemans, just as Hannah will protect her patient, who presents more than one kind of challenge. For a bounty hunter is afoot--Hannah’s childhood friend and first love, Liam Kirby. While Elizabeth and Nathaniel undertake a treacherous journey through the endless forests to bring Selah to safety in the north, Hannah embarks on a very different journey to New-York City, with two goals: to learn the secrets of vaccination against smallpox, a disease that threatens Paradise, and to find out what she can about Liam’s immediate past and what caused him to change so drastically from the boy she once loved. The obstacles she faces as a woman and a Mohawk make her confront questions long avoided about her place in the world. Those questions follow her back to Paradise, where she finds that the medical miracle she brings with her will not cure prejudice or superstition, nor can it solve the problem of slavery. No sooner have the Bonners begun to rebound from their losses--old and new--than they find themselves confronted by more than one old enemy in a battle that will test the strength of their love for one another. Hannah faces the decision she has always dreaded: will she make a life for herself in a white world, or among her mother’s people?

Under Fishbone Clouds

Under Fishbone Clouds
  • Author : Sam Meekings
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  • Release Date :2010-12-07
  • Total pages :416
  • ISBN : 9781429927550
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Summary : Under Fishbone Clouds is a universal love story, a family saga, and a journey through Chinese history, myth, and culture. Following a young Chinese couple as their love grows, and is tested, during Mao's Cultural Revolution, this elegant debut novel provides a rare and personal glimpse into the birth modern China. When the Kitchen God is challenged by the Jade Emperor to fathom the workings of the human heart, he chooses to follow the life of Jinyi and his wife Yuying, from their blossoming love until their old age, in hope of finding an answer. The Kitchen God watches as the new government strictures split their family in two, living inside their hearts as they they endure the loss of two children, homesickness, and isolation, all while keeping alive a love that survives famine, forced labor, and even death. Weaving together the story of their life with China's recent political history, as well as traditional folktales and myths, the Kitchen God illuminates the most impenetrable aspects the human condition. Sam Meekings's remarkable debut novel showcases his luminous, poetic writing, as well as insights that belong to a writer twice his age. Part love story and part historical narrative, Under Fishbone Clouds carries the weight and beauty of a lifetime's achievement.

Just Beyond the Clouds

Just Beyond the Clouds
  • Author : Karen Kingsbury
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  • Release Date :2007-09-14
  • Total pages :352
  • ISBN : 1599950529
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Summary : #1 bestselling author Karen Kingsbury tells the heartwrenching story of Cody Gunner, a widower fighting for stability, and the woman who wants to help him trust again--even when trust is the most terrifying thing of all. Still aching over his wife's death, Cody Gunner can't bear the thought of also letting go of his Down's Syndrome brother, Carl Joseph. Cody wants his brother home, where he will be safe and cared for, not out on his own in a world that Cody knows all too well can be heartless and insecure. So when Carl Joseph's teacher, Elle, begins championing his independence, she finds herself at odds with Cody. But even as these two battle it out, they can't deny the instinctive connection they share, and Cody faces a crisis of the heart. What if Elle is the one woman who can teach Cody that love is still possible? If Cody can let go of his lingering anger, he might just see that sometimes the brightest hope of all lies just beyond the clouds.

Island in the Clouds

Island in the Clouds
  • Author : Susan M. Toy
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  • Release Date :2017-12
  • Total pages :194
  • ISBN : 9781927950128
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Summary : The dead body in the pool is putting a serious dent in Geoff's morning. An ex-pat property manager on the Caribbean island of Bequia, Geoff doesn't want a spotlight shone on the secret past he left behind in Canada, but now he's the suspect in a brutal murder. With no help from the inept local police force, he's drawn into investigating the murder himself, to clear his name. As Geoff finds out more about the circumstances surrounding the killing, and he and his loved ones find themselves in danger, he begins to see a very dark underbelly of the place some people call paradise... Part travelogue, part mystery, Island in the Clouds takes a long, hard look at the reality of living in a place that seems perfect - from the outside, anyway.

Imaginary Friend

Imaginary Friend
  • Author : Stephen Chbosky
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  • Release Date :2019-10-01
  • Total pages :720
  • ISBN : 1538731347
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Summary : Instant New York Times Bestseller One of Fall 2019's Best Books (People, EW, Lithub, Vox, Washington Post, and more) A young boy is haunted by a voice in his head in this acclaimed epic of literary horror from the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Christopher is seven years old. Christopher is the new kid in town. Christopher has an imaginary friend. We can swallow our fear or let our fear swallow us. Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with her child. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It's as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out. At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six long days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a treehouse in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again. Twenty years ago, Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower made readers everywhere feel infinite. Now, Chbosky has returned with an epic work of literary horror, years in the making, whose grand scale and rich emotion redefine the genre. Read it with the lights on.

Into the Clouds: The Race to Climb the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain (Scholastic Focus)

Into the Clouds: The Race to Climb the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain (Scholastic Focus)
  • Author : Tod Olson
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2020-04-21
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 1338207377
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Summary : A nail-biting tale of survival and brotherhood atop one of the world's most dangerous mountains.

Sector 7

Sector 7
  • Author : David Wiesner
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  • Release Date :2014-06-17
  • Total pages :48
  • ISBN : 0547533144
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Summary : A 2000 Caldecott Honor Book Only the person who gave us Tuesday could have devised this fantastic Caldecott Honor-winning tale, which begins with a school trip to the Empire State Building. There a boy makes friends with a mischievous little cloud, who whisks him away to the Cloud Dispatch Center for Sector 7 (the region that includes New York City). The clouds are bored with their everyday shapes, so the boy obligingly starts to sketch some new ones. . . . The wordless yet eloquent account of this unparalleled adventure is a funny, touching story about art, friendship, and the weather, as well as a visual tour de force.