cover image See You Someday Soon

See You Someday Soon

Pat Zietlow Miller, illus. by Suzy Lee. Roaring Brook, $19.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-250-22110-0

A child’s creative musings about ways to stay connected with a long-distance grandparent propel this contemporary narrative, which cleverly uses die-cuts to provide a peek-a-boo effect. “Maybe I’ll mail myself to you,” the child proposes, peering through an envelope’s opening from the next page, before humorously continuing to riff: “I’d have to flatten myself like a pancake. Or twist up like a pretzel.” Working mostly with pencil, crayon, and watercolor, Lee’s stylish drawings add humor and whimsy, showing, for example, the black-haired outlines of child and grandparent—whose skin tones change with the shifting bold-colored backgrounds—trying to video-chat without quite fully centering themselves on the computer screen. The repeated refrain “see you someday soon” links the various modes of communication on display until the duo turn “soon” into something even sooner in this playful spin on modern grandparent-child relationships. Ages 3–6. (June)