Each week I review books we’ve read with Squirm. Find other reviews here
Imagine a Day by Sarah L Thomson and Rob Gonsalves
Imagine a day . . . . . . When you can dive
down through branches
or swim up
to the sun
This beautiful book matches simple, poem like text with some of the most amazing art work I’ve seen in a picture book. The art work – the real star of this book – takes the reader into a magical world where things aren’t exactly as they seem. Instead bridges are actually made of people, standing tall on top of each other; blue balloons can turn grey skies blue, and children can build cities out of alphabet blocks.
The illusions in the painting almost creep up on you, and you can spend ages looking at them and trying to work out just how the artist has created them. It would be an amazing book to use with art activities, especially if you took time to look at other art illusions like these. Squirm was too little to really understand the illusions, but he loved the colourful art, and the poem-like quality of the text lulled and calmed him as he went off to sleep.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
When Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind or another, his mother called him a wild thing and sent him to bed without eating. But then Max finds himself in his little boat, sailing across the seas to where the Wild Things are.
I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this book before! It’s an absolute classic and there’s a very good reason why. The art work, while relatively simple (especially compared to Gonsalves’ work!) is wonderfully evocative, and the sparse text allows plenty of room for imagination, while allowing older children to read along. And of course, there’s the wonderful ending, when Max comes home to a hot supper – that moment which reminds the parents reading it, just what it was like to be a child.
There’s a few books I think every child should experience, and this is definitely one of them. If you haven’t got a copy yet, head out and get yourself one!