A debut picture book portrays day-to-day life as a glorious adventure.
While performing various household chores and playing with her small child, a mother tells her son that he gets his audacious spirit from her: “You love adventures, it’s easy to see. Bet you didn’t know you got that from me.” Each seemingly banal activity, be it doing laundry, taking a bath, or climbing the stairs, is given a grand description in Buckmaster’s rhyming verse. The only indication that the pair is doing anything other than sailing the high seas or flying in a plane is through the clean, graphite pencil images by debut illustrator Chrysler that show a happy, busy home life. Boldface couplets at the end of the mother’s verses indicate her son’s excited responses to her outlandish claims and his desire to continue embarking on escapades. The cute book ends at bedtime, when the mother confesses to her sleeping child that he is, by far, her biggest adventure yet. While the playtime make-believe concept is not new in picture-book literature, it is refreshing to have a depiction of a parent getting involved in the fun as opposed to it all being the product of a kid’s imagination. Some children may initially be put off by the lack of color in the inside illustrations (the bright cover shows a Caucasian child and a large brown dog). But that is a minor hurdle for an otherwise sweet tale.
A fine choice for parents to read aloud to their children, especially if the kids possess a rambunctious, playful spirit.