Playtime for Restless Rascals by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Summary:  In this follow up to Bedtime for Sweet Creatures, a mother wakes her child up by saying it’s time to get to work…which, for the child, is play.  There is playtime indoors and out, with different types of outdoor play depending on the season and the weather.  Afternoon brings imaginary play: tea parties, trains, trucks, and cars.  By late afternoon, Mom is ready for a nap, and the two snuggle briefly on the couch, but when Daddy comes home, it’s back to the business of play.  Finally, the parents sit together, watching their child: “Your job is called play, and your daddy and I both know, you’re an expert.”  32 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  A celebration of all types of play, empowering children to use their imaginations.  The collage illustrations add plenty of color, texture, and interest.

Cons:  It would have been nice to see some other kids join in the fun.

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