From the New York Times bestselling author of Wolfie the Bunny comes a witty send-up of inspirational greeting card wisdom that reminds readers of life's unpredictability and messiness--and beauty.
After Life literally knocks on their door, one kid discovers that Life is truly what you make it. It's weird and may not always cooperate, but Life's beauty becomes apparent when it's embraced for all of its quirks. This story is filled with tongue-in-cheek idioms that will appeal to readers of all ages and will impart deeper wisdoms about the many milestones and stages of life.
In this idiomatic adventure, Life is an impish, furry, and highly mutable critter that, when it emerges from a mysterious crate (one that pops up "when you least expect it"), not only charges toward the young protagonist fast, but also adds a big, slurpy kiss. Life arrives with no instructions, of course, and promptly launches the protagonist on a whirlwind series of vignettes set against a white background "You never know where Life's gonna take you," Dyckman (Dandy) writes as the two bounce from Lady Liberty to Pisa's leaning tower. As the meaning-of-life clich s deliberately pile up who knew there were so many? it's up to Doerrfeld (Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!) to give them a visual boost; she accomplishes this through crayonlike digital drawings that are by turns semifigurative interpretations (in "Life is what you make it!" Life turns into a raft that takes the child for an exhilarating waterfall ride) and naughtily literal (for "Your whole Life can flash before your eyes," Life moons the child). The mood is always upbeat or, at the very least, maintains a "dust yourself off and keep going" attitude with plenty of reminders that whatever life is, it is for sure one wild ride. Ages 4 8. Author's agent: Scott Treimel, Scott Treimel NY. Illustrator's agent: Rachel Orr, Prospect Agency.