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THE BLUR by Minh Lê


by Minh Lê ; illustrated by Dan Santat

Pub Date: May 3rd, 2022
ISBN: 978-0-593-37746-8
Publisher: Knopf

The Blur is a whirlwind force from the moment the infant arrives home until the day the child drives off to college.

Simultaneously a spoof on the superhero genre and a tribute to parenthood, Lê's text reads like a voice-over narrator describing the origin story of a new hero: the Blur! Beginning as an infant, the baby immediately displays hilarious superpowers, such as “the supersonic voice” (the little one’s loud wails) and “fantastically elastic limbs” (middle-of-the-night bed sharing). Santat’s comical depiction of this exhausted and shellshocked Asian family is sure to elicit knowing smiles from parents as the child learns to walk and becomes the Blur, racing “headfirst toward danger” and leaving “no corner unexplored.” Spreads depicting the trouble the child gets into, as well as a myriad of idyllic scenes of childhood, show time zipping along as the Blur morphs into a teen. Before you know it, the parents are celebrating their child in cap and gown, then saying goodbye as their confident young adult drives off to college. The tongue-in-cheek tone and energetic illustrations rendered in colored pencil, watercolor, and Photoshop propel the reader through an entire childhood in a nostalgic blur, and every parent will relate to the feeling of loving, holding on, and then letting go of this time that passes so quickly. Young readers will appreciate the superhero jokes but may not connect with the overall theme of the book, and that’s OK. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

This one’s for the parents. Enjoy.

(Picture book. 3-8)