Young book lovers will recognize a kindred spirit in this lively tale.


A girl faces a classic dilemma—discovering a quiet place to read—in this debut picture book.

For red-haired, pale-skinned Loulou Brown, a rainy day is the perfect time to read. Unfortunately, a house full of siblings means her location options are limited. Jake is building a fort next to the window seat; Dylan is baking in the kitchen; Lilah is planning to play dress-up in the bedroom; and Thomas is practicing drums in the garage. Even the bathroom faucet drips. A trip to the library gives Loulou space, but the silence makes her wonder what’s happening at home, so she checks out the perfect books for each sibling—and for her own inspiration. While there’s no mention of how Loulou gets to and from the library, kids who adore books are sure to find her appealing. Her joy in choosing volumes for her siblings— and building relationships with them after being annoyed by their presence—offers a valuable lesson about sharing not only reading, but family time as well. Short, simple sentences make the story easily accessible to newly independent readers. Bernard’s invented books with clever titles for each sibling—Jake gets Ideas for Little Architects—are right on target and are deftly featured in the humorous, soft-edged illustrations. Brayer (Licky the Lizard, 2018, etc.) uses a bright palette, despite the dreary day, which helps bring the exuberant Loulou to life.

Young book lovers will recognize a kindred spirit in this lively tale.

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-64111-473-8

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Palmetto Publishing Group

Review Posted Online: Jan. 16, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020

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More gift book than storybook, this is a meaningful addition to nursery bookshelves


A young child explores the unlimited potential inherent in all humans.

“Have you ever wondered why you are here?” asks the second-person narration. There is no one like you. Maybe you’re here to make a difference with your uniqueness; maybe you will speak for those who can’t or use your gifts to shine a light into the darkness. The no-frills, unrhymed narrative encourages readers to follow their hearts and tap into their limitless potential to be anything and do anything. The precisely inked and colored artwork plays with perspective from the first double-page spread, in which the child contemplates a mountain (or maybe an iceberg) in their hands. Later, they stand on a ladder to place white spots on tall, red mushrooms. The oversized flora and fauna seem to symbolize the presumptively insurmountable, reinforcing the book’s message that anything is possible. This quiet read, with its sophisticated central question, encourages children to reach for their untapped potential while reminding them it won’t be easy—they will make messes and mistakes—but the magic within can help overcome falls and failures. It’s unlikely that members of the intended audience have begun to wonder about their life’s purpose, but this life-affirming mood piece has honorable intentions. The child, accompanied by an adorable piglet and sporting overalls and a bird-beaked cap made of leaves, presents white.

More gift book than storybook, this is a meaningful addition to nursery bookshelves . (Picture book. 2-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 15, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-946873-75-0

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Compendium

Review Posted Online: May 22, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2019

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Visually accomplished but marred by stereotypical cultural depictions.


Ellis, known for her illustrations for Colin Meloy’s Wildwood series, here riffs on the concept of “home.”

Shifting among homes mundane and speculative, contemporary and not, Ellis begins and ends with views of her own home and a peek into her studio. She highlights palaces and mansions, but she also takes readers to animal homes and a certain famously folkloric shoe (whose iconic Old Woman manages a passel of multiethnic kids absorbed in daring games). One spread showcases “some folks” who “live on the road”; a band unloads its tour bus in front of a theater marquee. Ellis’ compelling ink and gouache paintings, in a palette of blue-grays, sepia and brick red, depict scenes ranging from mythical, underwater Atlantis to a distant moonscape. Another spread, depicting a garden and large building under connected, transparent domes, invites readers to wonder: “Who in the world lives here? / And why?” (Earth is seen as a distant blue marble.) Some of Ellis’ chosen depictions, oddly juxtaposed and stripped of any historical or cultural context due to the stylized design and spare text, become stereotypical. “Some homes are boats. / Some homes are wigwams.” A sailing ship’s crew seems poised to land near a trio of men clad in breechcloths—otherwise unidentified and unremarked upon.

Visually accomplished but marred by stereotypical cultural depictions. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 24, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-7636-6529-6

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: Nov. 18, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2014

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