Published by HarperCollins
Summary: You start with a book. And a comfortable place to read. “Once you’re comfy, peel its gentle skin like you would a clementine.” Kwame Alexander’s poem encourages readers to celebrate each book, savoring every morsel they get from it, while Melissa Sweet’s collage illustrations provide a neon-colored background with children reading, all sorts of fonts, and shapes cut from an actual book (Bambi, to be exact). The final pages: “Now sleep. Dream. Hope. (You never reach…The End).” 32 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: A lovely introduction to the joys of reading in Kwame Alexander’s poetic voice, eye-poppingly illustrated by Melissa Sweet with beautiful collages that reminded me why I’m still bitter that she didn’t win a Caldecott for 2016’s Some Writer.
Cons: Although this has gotten multiple starred reviews, and I can appreciate the artistry of both the text and the illustrations, I can’t help wondering if it will be appreciated by the preschool crowd. Given the choice, I would probably read Kate Messner’s How to Read A Story as a similar introduction for this age.
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While I really appreciated the collage illustration style — I wish the actual text to read had been less artistic and easier to read.