#blogbookaday: What If…

16 May

35959676.jpg“Creativity, the power of imagination, and the importance of self-expression are celebrated in this inspiring picture book written and illustrated by real-life best friends.”

Summary:  “This girl is determined to express herself! If she can’t draw her dreams, she’ll sculpt or build, carve or collage. If she can’t do that, she’ll turn her world into a canvas. And if everything around her is taken away, she’ll sing, dance, and dream…

Stunning mixed media illustrations, lyrical text, and a breathtaking gatefold conjure powerful magic in this heartfelt affirmation of art, imagination, and the resilience of the human spirit. ” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A very creative little girl imagines what would happen if she didn’t have a pencil to draw with and so begins her story of creating with whatever tools she has at her disposal. I loved how simple and yet so profound the text was, it was truly beautiful. And the illustrations – a combination of collage and pen and ink really work well telling the girl’s story. This is a must-have book in your collection!

Personal Reaction: I have been waiting, literally for months, to get my hands on a copy of this beautiful book and it didn’t disappoint! I think it’s my favorite cover so far this year and the text and illustrations weave so seamlessly together, it’s just amazing! This is must-have book to encourage imagination and creativity and also makes a great introduction to teaching kids about wants vs. needs or having more than others. I love everything about this gorgeous story. Plus, if you’re a huge nerd like me, you’ll see the little breadcrumb Mike Curato left in the full page spread of the little girl’s room – a character that is very familiar!

Title: What If…
Author: Samantha Berger
Illustrator: Mike Curato
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 10, 2018

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


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