THAT'S LIFE! by Ame Dyckman

THAT'S LIFE!

by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 8
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Life—personified as a wild, furry gray creature—brings many surprises in this picture book about loving your Life no matter what.

A small, brown-skinned child sits at a table writing on a pad of paper when there is a knock at the door. Who could it be? “Oh, that’s Life! Life happens when you least expect it.” The child opens the crate, labeled LIFE, that sits on the doorstep. A furry gray creature jumps out, then drags the child on all sorts of adventures. Every conceivable saying about life is worked into the text (“Life’s a journey”; “Life is full of surprises”). Life changes form throughout, becoming a means of transportation (a boat, a camel, a hot air balloon), a suitcase, and a bull with pointy horns (“Life can be tough. And sometimes…Life hurts!”) Doerrfeld’s visual interpretations of Dyckman’s text are humorous, kid-friendly, and clever, featuring soft-lined vignettes of busy, active scenes on white space. The silly concreteness of the illustrations raises the intentionally cliché-packed text to a level of fun that will satisfy readers of all ages. Young readers will enjoy watching Life’s ups and downs, and they just might internalize a true lesson or two about their own lives.

Both a lighthearted reflection and an entertaining read. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: March 31st, 2020
ISBN: 978-0-316-48548-7
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2019




MORE BY AME DYCKMAN

ChildrenDANDY by Ame Dyckman
by Ame Dyckman
ChildrenHUGGY THE PYTHON HUGS TOO HARD by Ame Dyckman
by Ame Dyckman
ChildrenMISUNDERSTOOD SHARK by Ame Dyckman
by Ame Dyckman

MORE BY CORI DOERRFELD

ChildrenGOODBYE, FRIEND! HELLO, FRIEND! by Cori Doerrfeld
by Cori Doerrfeld
ChildrenWILD BABY by Cori Doerrfeld
by Cori Doerrfeld
ChildrenGOOD DOG by Cori Doerrfeld
by Cori Doerrfeld