Quote of the day:
"She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live." - Annie Dillard
Today's featured book:
Title: If Kids Ruled the World
Author: Linda Bailey
Illustrator: David Huyck
Let's peek inside shall we? You're going to find great stuff there....
My take on the book:
Well I'm voting for the kids to rule the world in the next election. I think I would be less stressed, have more friends and yes, copias amounts of playtime would do me good. This book let's you step out of your confined and restricted adulthood and see the world through kid's eyes. What fun is happening, what bonding with kids, adults and animals - and if you look at every picture, the smiles are a mile wide. Both young and old are invited to a world where birthday cake is recommended by your doctor, beds are never made, modes of travel are limited only by your imagination and sidewalks are trampolines. You can choose to be a prince or princess, what kind of pet you want and baths are up to you....wow! I like how they think don't you? The message is that if we all enter into their frivolity and spirited life no one on the planet will forget how to play and we will free ourselves from our everyday, mundane, boring life.
Huyck's digital illustrations are full of life and vigour and everyone young and old will be delighted with them. Kids of all ethnicities come together to spend quality time as they play to their heart's content. Kids rule and happiness results.
We all have an inner child in us that needs to be let out often to romp, play, create and be footloose and fancy-free. A lovely reminder that it is alright to do that.....laughing and silliness is allowed, no matter what your age. Power to the kids!
I was born and grew up in Winnipeg. In my twenties, I traveled around the world, mostly by ship, working in England and Australia. Then I moved to Vancouver, where I earned a B.A. and an M.Ed. at the University of British Columbia. Vancouver is really beautiful. I still live here, a five-minute walk from the ocean. I'm an ex-college teacher, an ex-editor, an ex-travel agent and . . .
Now I'm the author of more than twenty books for kids. Best known are the Stevie Diamond mystery series, the Good Times Travel Agency adventures, and the picture books about Stanley the dog, illustrated by Bill Slavin. Many of my books have now travelled around the world — just like me.
About the illustrator:
Book review rating: 8 (Fantastic!)
Read on and read always! May your day be without rules...use the kid's rules.