by Barry Falls
The one reason I enjoyed reading this book is the possibility for pointing out so many fun details in the illustrations. There is a ladybug hidden on every page, and it’s so delightful to search for it in the pictures. When reading with a child, it would be really fun to point to each picture and ask them “What is that?” or “Who is that?” and teach them about various people, places, and things.
All the illustrations are bright and colorful with a cartoonish look. The pages vary from simple and clean to extremely busy with complicated pictures of various things all jumbled together. I prefer the clean style, but I can also see the appeal of the jumbled images since it would be fun to point out each thing on the page while reading with a child.
For instance, one page has icecream, koalas, rainboots, electric guitar, sailboats, trees, butterflies, birds, bees, apple, cake, toads, bread and jam, a mountain goat, and a cat- all in various larger-than-life sizes. The next page is much simpler and cleaner with a blank background and a child sitting on top of a massive trophy surrounded by ribbons and plaques.
Each page is so different that it can be jarring to read. It would look nicer if the art style and the complexity of the pictures stayed mostly the same throughout the book.
The poetry lines are good. The poetry isn’t too cringey. Everything rhymes correctly, and the meter is good too. But it felt a little forced at times. It doesn’t flow naturally. A kid wouldn’t know the difference, but I’ve read other children’s books with beautifully lyrical poetry and can’t help comparing them to this one. This is just decent. Not great, but not awful either.
The message of this book is really inspirational and encouraging! I like how positive and hopeful the words are, full of promise and possibilities.
I enjoyed reading this picture book, and look forward to reading it with my nieces!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Media Masters Publicity in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.