What Would You Do in a Book About You?
Jean Reidy, illus. by Joey Chou. HarperCollins, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-06-3041
With whimsical, Seussian rhymes, Reidy employs a second-person perspective, inviting readers to consider the myriad lives they might access through imagination and books. Offering options from a variety of genres, including fantasy and speculative fiction, Reidy traces multiple paths—including, perhaps confusingly,“a book about you in a book about YOU.” Digital art by Chou offers layered geometric art against bright kaleidoscopic backgrounds, with Mary Blair–inflected figures of varying abilities, hair textures, and skin tones appear as hot air balloon riders, wizards, mermaids, and more. Concluding by asking readers to consider the richness of their possible futures (“If your life were a book/ with pictures and pages,/ what would you do/ to be read through the ages?”), this encouraging read will find itself at home among gifty books handed to milestone-approaching kids. Ages 4–8. [em](Apr.) [/em]
Reviewed on: 05/06/2021