Kids who love the intrigue of titles such as What Do You Do with an Idea? will be inspired to ask their own questions about the world around them.
In this unusual text, young listeners and readers follow a group of diverse kids trying to make sense of the world as they see it. Questions such as What do clouds taste like?, Do my toys miss me when I'm gone?, and I wonder if cars and trucks speak the same language remind us of a child's unique point of view. Nothing is more powerful than seeing something for the first time, and these whimsical questions will encourage all readers to take a fresh look around them.
Exquisite artwork by rising star Kenard Pak follows the arc of a day, ending with a spread showing a group of children as different and varied as their questions.
In the spirit of Jostein Gaarder's Questions Asked andMac Barnett's Just Because, Holt (From You to Me) celebrates children's bold questions with some of her own, reveling in the pursuit of knowledge that has little to do with pure logic. Some questions are whimsical ("Is cereal afraid of the spoon?"); others feel profound or mind opening ("Could there be a galaxy in my belly button?"). Where the text offers humor, it's understated: a boy holds his hand out to catch a beam of light, a quiet grin on his face: "Why don't shadows smile when you smile?" Similarly, atmospheric spreads by Pak (The Hundred-Year Barn) portray interiors, wild places, and fantasy scenes with layers of gauze-like tints. Even when the musing is playful "I wonder if dragonflies dog-paddle" Pak resists simple caricature, for example offering a delicate close-up of the dragonflies hovering over a pond. Though the ruminations build to little more than a series of questions, a lovely mood and an affectionate ending affirmation send the book's cast, and its readers, off to joyful contemplation. Ages 3 7.