IMAGINE by Bart Vivian


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Age Range: 4 - 7


Children are invited to dream big in this title that doesn’t quite fly.

In seven vignettes, a child holds or views an object or an animal while Vivian exhorts him/her to think expansive thoughts and be carried to great heights. A boy stands in a treehouse. Turn the page, and he is a king standing tall on a castle parapet. A girl looks through a glass window at a mechanical ballerina. Turn the page, and she is onstage in an elegant tutu. A boy sees a fire truck, and on the next page, he is a hero rescuing a child. See a horse, and ride the open range. Hold a toy boat, and travel the seas. Draw a dragon, and become a dragon slayer. Walk a fallen log, and become a trapeze artist. The constant exhortations are more appropriate to an audience of adults in a motivation class than children. No dream depicted is out of the ordinary, and in too many instances, gender stereotyping prevails. The drawings, in black and white (for the prompts) or color (for the dreams), lack spark, and in too many of them, Vivian depicts the (mostly Caucasian) children and their grown-up counterparts from the back, precluding any attempts at empathy. Seek adventure elsewhere.

This didactic effort lacks imagination and originality. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: April 16th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-58270-329-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Beyond Words/Aladdin
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2013


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