FAVORITE THINGS by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley


Age Range: 4 - 8
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Ask an imaginative little boy about his favorite things, and he won’t be limited to extolling the virtues of raindrops on roses. Matthew, the main character in this creative bedtime tale, spins out some whoppers as he recounts his favorite things of the day to his mother, who clearly appreciates her child’s powerful imagination. Matthew recounts a day full of singing elephants, a supersonic car race with his dad, a giant tyrannosaurus squirrel, and spaceman adventures with his friends, with some funny circular interactions between the characters. Huliska-Beith does a great job of illustrating these diverse characters (especially the huge squirrel) with a combination of painting and collage. Matthew’s outrageously wild tales and individualistic logic contrast well with his mother’s calm, attentive demeanor in a way that will be satisfying to both children and adults. Though the ending is a little saccharine after all those creative adventures, the final page promises Matthew a visit from dancing blue hippopotamuses and leaves the door open for a sequel. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-8037-2597-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2003
Note: Bradley is a freelance contributor to Kirkus.


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