Expected publication: May 30th 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
New York Times bestselling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Uni the Unicorn and I Wish You More), Lea Redmond, and Sanne te Loo have created a picture book with a story that rhymes and very lovely illustrations. But, oops—they’ve left out some important pieces of the story…and it’s up to YOU to fill them in!
Step 1: Grab any small object or pick stickers from the back of the book. Step 2: Place them on the blank spots as you read along. Step 3: Laugh at the crazy story you’ve just created. Step 4: Pick new items and start all over again!
Story time will take on a new dimension of play as kids use the stickers or scamper in search of the most hilarious items to occupy the blank spaces in the text. The endlessly innovative Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Lea Redmond bring us a way-outside-the-box adventure in which readers get to bend the rules and feel a bit rebellious as they tamper with the ordinary and expected.
But after reading the book from beginning to end, and using it to interact with several young readers, I came to see it as one of Amy's final gifts to the world; a book that reminds young readers to view the world with humor and joy that Amy herself had always imparted, in so many of her works.
The book encourages young readers to take a Mad Libs-style approach to its story; filling in sentences with objects that the readers themselves supply. Sentences like: "When I woke up this morning, what did I see? /A sweet little_______ chirping at me," are a delightful surprise, with so many potential options for making young readers laugh and smile.
The story always does a wonderful job of drawing readers from the beginning of a day to the end of a day, reminding them with every moment, that there are things to explore and ideas to observe, especially as they prepare to start the day all over again.
With illustrations that are rich and vibrant, this is a delightful book that will encourage young readers to engage with the world for years to come. It's also a fitting tribute to a well-loved author, and a reminder that her joy at the world will leave a mark forever.
About the contributors:
AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL is the author of over twenty books for children. Her titles include Uni the Unicorn, I Wish You More, Wumbers, Plant a Kiss, Little Pea, Spoon, The Wonder Book, Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, and Duck! Rabbit! A longtime contributor to NPR, she is the host and creator of Mission Amy KR, produced by Chicago Public Radio. Amy lives with her family in Chicago and online at whoisamy.com.
SANNE TE LOO can’t remember wanting to become anything other than a children’s book illustrator. Her first commission was a Hans Christian Andersen story published in the Netherlands. She has been writing and illustrating children’s books ever since. She lives and works in the historical[GJ1] district in Utrecht, the Netherlands, with a painter and their two children. Visit her on the Web at sanneteloo.nl.