For fans of Oh, The Places You’ll Go! and The Wonderful Things You Will Be, What Would You Do in a Book About You? will empower kids to reach for their dreams. From Zolotow Honor award-winning author Jean Reidy (Truman) and illustrated by Joey Chou, this lyrical picture book haspitch-perfect rhythm and rhyme and makes for a great read-aloud.
No dream is too big or too small in this heartwarming, heart-building book about you!
So, stop. Dream. Think it through. And remember, there is so much you can do. Here is an exuberant book that asks what wonderful, endless possibilities your story and your future might hold, making YOU the author of your own powerful tale.
Perfect for a graduation, a new baby, a birthday, or any milestone in a child’s or adult’s life, this book celebrates everything you are capable of doing and becoming. For after all, the best stories are the ones that you will write . . .
In her engaging rhyming text (perfect for a read-aloud), veteran author Jean Reidy issues a series of questions to young readers to invite them to consider all the things they might do "in a book about you" - that is to say, how might they star in the story of their own lives? The possibilities range from playful ("Would you sip tea with a frog?") to profound ("You might create something that changes a mind - or makes a heart stir. You might simply be kind"). Joey Chou's colorful, lively illustrations match the expansive options offered by the text to offer an irresistible challenge to dream the life you most want to live - and then go out and make those dreams come true. Grownups: this satisfying celebration of potentiality might just start you dreaming bigger, too.
My son really liked the artwork, very modern. This story has a great message encouraging kids to find their own path in life and seek for what they want, to write their life story, reach for the sky, aim for the stars, etc. We really liked the positive hope this book gives the future generation of youth. "If your life were a book with pictures and pages, what would you do to be read through the ages?"
What Would You Do in a Book About You? encourages kids to let their imaginations run wild and set goals for themselves. Both the rhyming text and colorful illustrations are inviting and inclusive. An early spread reads, "Adventure is waiting./ So much you can do/ in this wonderful, wander-filled/ book about YOU." Among the children pictured is a merboy, with a pony-tailed girl knight on the page turn. Along with grand and fantastic deeds, Reidy acknowledges the power of small ones, such as the courage it takes to apologize and make amends for mistakes. This book is a terrific read-aloud choice. Thanks to HarperCollins for sending me an advance copy.
This action-packed, colorful picture book encourages children to consider what they might do if they were cast in a book. Spoiler Alert: Anything! You could truly write just about any book about yourself. Of course, the point is – this is exactly why we read. We pick up books to experience an assortment of activities and imagine what it’s like to be there, ourselves. This book is a fun way to celebrate reading! The artist used Photoshop to create the illustrations for this book.
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Upon receiving this book for our library's picture book collection, I was immediately drawn to the vibrant cover and title. While most of the book is told in rhyme, some stanzas don't quite "flow"/transition from one to the next for a seamless read-aloud. While the illustrations were captivating, the overall story felt trite.
Publication Date: 2021 Format: Picture book Elements: Bold illustrations; some rhyme Connection/Topics: "Telling your story;" metacognition
*For use with "Reading Takes You Everywhere" program/theme
I considered reading this book for pre-k storytime. I liked the illustrations but the text needs some editing. I wouldn't read the first page, the polar bear and walruses pages. Definitely not the "choices are endless, obstacles few". The last 8 pages are weird to read aloud too. So, at the end, nope - doesn't work for storytime.
This is a delightful rhyming story, filled with joyously colorful illustrations. Kids are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild on every page when they are asked "What would you do in a book about you?" I loved that there were not only the grandiose fantasies of adventure and derring-do, but also little acts of kindness and happiness that we all can choose to do each day.
An unnamed narrator encourages children to think about what is unique to them as well as what would appear in a book all about them.
Yet another inspirational story that tries to emulate Oh, The Places You'll Go...this time focusing on writing your own book that stars you. The illustrations are absolutely amazing, the story...not so much.
Meant to fire the imaginations of young children, this title presents many ideas of what children might be. The illustrations are bright and very colorful which also serve to fire imaginations even more. The idea is to point out some possibilities while also leading readers to the realization of boundless opportunities.
The end of the school year is upon us, and our growing readers are stronger writers, too! What Would You Do in a Book About You? is the perfect #kidlit to inspire a wrap-up writing project at school! Can’t wait to share this one!
Rhyming, but in a way that truly works. Representative, colorful, encouraging, and everything else a children's book should be! I could read this many times over and still notice new things about the illustrations (something adults will tell you is crucial about a picture book!).
The rhyme scheme is nice but the rhyme puts limits on the possibilities of imagining a child doing many of those adjectives. The illustrations are colorful and show lots of possible outcomes for the child to want to do and write about in their book about themselves.
Using a beautiful poem, the illustrator and author of the book encourage children to strive for their dreams. Images of children from all backgrounds are abound in this book, perfect as a read-aloud for beginning readers.
I didn't like the illustrations or the flow of the story. My daughter liked it but I don't think we're lacking on ideas of what they want to be and do. If we wanted story prompts or ideas for make believe maybe.