“Glitter, glitter everywhere” in a rhyming celebration of sparkles to share!
The young protagonist, who wears pigtails and a handmade crown, spies a package left on the doorstep by the letter carrier. A shimmering tag hints at sparkly contents. The child opens up the box and dashes glitter on the crown, spilling sprinkles onto the table and floor. Entranced, the child goes to their room, eager to brighten the walls, the mirror, and the bedspread. Soon, colorful rays of glitter spray across the page, as the celebration accelerates until our shiny star realizes the glitter has covered everything in a rainbow quilt—including the child and their cat! A realization about the value of creativity restores balance…for now; the final spread hints at a sequel with the arrival of a new package on the doorstep. Young artists will delight in the creative joy the protagonist displays but will appreciate that even sparkly glitter must be restrained sometimes. The drawn, cut-paper, and digitally colored illustrations add texture and depth to the story, transitioning from simple colors against black-and-white backgrounds to splashes of frenetic color and then back again. Despite a few meter missteps (“Are your walls asking for glitz? / Looking for more flashy bits? / Time for puttin’ on the ritz?”), the jaunty text makes for a lively read-aloud, complete with the repeatable, titular refrain, “Just add glitter!” The protagonist has tan skin and straight, black hair.
A great rainy-day read-aloud complete with built-in craft ideas. (Picture book. 4-8)