cover image Suns Up Rlb

Suns Up Rlb

Teryl Euvremer. Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, $9.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-517-56432-5

In this wordless picture book, the author/illustrator hasrather unfortunatelyanthropomorphized the sun. The sun, which has taken on human form, is asleep under a blanket. He gets up, has breakfast, gets dressed and goes off to work, complete with a briefcase. Simultaneously, a family is waking up and beginning its day, with father (briefcase in hand) leaving for work. The activities of the sun and the family mirror each other throughout the daythey worry about a thunderstorm, enjoy a rainbow, have lunch, enjoy a sunset and get ready for bed. Although the human qualities attributed to the sun seriously mar the storyit's overly cute to have the sun wring out its clothes after a storm and paint a rainbowEuvremer's use of color and attention to detail are excellent. If the sun had remained the sun, the book would have been a delightful, wordless story about the active day of a country family. Ages 3-7. (June)