Close your eyes and dream yourself into whatever you’d like to be!
A possibly Asian boy, a Caucasian girl and a bright white mouse challenge readers on the title page: “Take a look inside this book, and decide what you’d like to be.” Each two-page spread is a riot of bright pictures triggered by a single suggestion. “Can you imagine being BIG?” shows the boy towering over an airplane and making a big swimming pool look like a bathtub, while the girl blows on the lava coming out of a volcano and holds an elephant like it’s a stuffed toy. “Would you like to travel through time?” takes them—and readers—to the 1960s, the time of the Vikings, ancient Egypt and many other elsewheres. “Imagine being an animal, living in the wild” offers a total of 50 options, each in a square portrait. “Imagine flying in the sky, or living in the sea” horizontally divides the two pages, each half ridiculously crowded (in the sky: dirigible, fairy, superhero, helicopter, winged pig and more; in the sea: Neptune, manatee, tortoise, treasure, mermaid, etc.). Even the inside cover is loaded with suggestions, in the form of gerunds: “growing, flying, sleeping, sneezing...” all the way to “dreaming”—nearly 150 in all.
Quantity alone qualifies this as compulsive and repeated reading, but there’s a delightfully mirthful creativity at work as well. Good fun for a broad range of ages. (Picture book. 3-8)