Author: Maryann Macdonald
Illustrator: Rahele Jomepour Bell
Publisher: Albert Whitman and Co, 2019
Themes: play date, rhyme, common words
A picture book with minimal text and maximum impact, as portrayed through both the well-chosen words and the fun-filled, evocative illustrations.
Why I like this book:
Charming, rhythmic one syllable rhymes about friendship, fun and games at home and in the park. Maryann’s simple text makes a wonderful read-aloud (on repeat loop!) And Rahele’s illustrations enthuse every page with vibrant, diverse kids enjoying daily romps. I hope this comes out in board book format too.
I have reviewed a Middle Grade historical novel by Maryann and had the privilege of interviewing Rahele a few years back as she was setting out on her illustration career. It is always a pleasure to review stellar creations by kidlit friends.
This is a vocabulary rich text for young children and physical responses and pointing will naturally ensue.
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