Life—personified as a wild, furry gray creature—brings many surprises in this picture book about loving your Life no matter what.
A small, brown-skinned child sits at a table writing on a pad of paper when there is a knock at the door. Who could it be? “Oh, that’s Life! Life happens when you least expect it.” The child opens the crate, labeled LIFE, that sits on the doorstep. A furry gray creature jumps out, then drags the child on all sorts of adventures. Every conceivable saying about life is worked into the text (“Life’s a journey”; “Life is full of surprises”). Life changes form throughout, becoming a means of transportation (a boat, a camel, a hot air balloon), a suitcase, and a bull with pointy horns (“Life can be tough. And sometimes…Life hurts!”) Doerrfeld’s visual interpretations of Dyckman’s text are humorous, kid-friendly, and clever, featuring soft-lined vignettes of busy, active scenes on white space. The silly concreteness of the illustrations raises the intentionally cliché-packed text to a level of fun that will satisfy readers of all ages. Young readers will enjoy watching Life’s ups and downs, and they just might internalize a true lesson or two about their own lives.
Both a lighthearted reflection and an entertaining read. (Picture book. 3-8)