Twenty Questions by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Published by Candlewick

Summary:  Each spread poses an open-ended question like “Why is the elephant so upset?” and “What is this boy hiding behind his back?” with simple yet thought-provoking illustrations.  For instance, the boy with his hands behind his back is accompanied by an ostrich and a small turtle using wheels to make up for its missing hind legs.  The last page asks, “Where is this ship sailing away to? Will you go with it? Are you ever coming back?”  40 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  This would be a fun book to use for writing prompts or discussion starters.  Both the questions and the illustrations are quirky and just the sort of thing any kid (or adult) will have an opinion about.

Cons:  I wasn’t crazy about the question “Which of these ladies just robbed a bank?’ that shows six different women, each with a different color of skin, and a white woman in a police car.

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