Before You

Rebecca Doughty. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-544-46317-2
Doughty (Some Tips for a Happier World and a Better Life) eloquently deploys a string of metaphors, first to highlight a sense of feeling incomplete ("I was a flower with no pot./ I was a polka with no dot") and then to describe the satisfaction and happiness that come with finding one's perfect pair ("I had a cup, you brought the tea./ I had a boat, you brought the sea"). Scraggily outlined in black ink, Doughty's cartoons never turn saccharine, especially in forlorn scenes of ice-cream-less cones and about-to-be-squashed four-leaf clovers in the first half of the book, and her poem works just as well to describe a parent's love of his or her child as it does to express romantic affection. Ages 4–7. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/2016
Release date: 12/27/2016
Genre: Children's
Ebook - 40 pages - 978-1-328-68606-0
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