A slice-of-life story about a little one with a big imagination.
Lila’s mother tries to usher her out the door to spend some time with Grandpa, but at every step Lila is caught up in her imagination and fails to follow through on her mother’s instructions. All the named characters are anthropomorphic bears, and alternating spreads show the real-world interactions between mother and child followed by Lila’s pretend-play scenarios, which undermine her obedience. For example, she hasn’t put on her shoes because playing with them and their unfurled laces makes her imagine wrestling an octopus (which she calls a monster) under the sea. Cavorting with her coat while balancing atop a stool makes her think of standing on a zebra’s back in a circuslike atmosphere. Lila’s shenanigans continue while en route to Grandpa, as she chomps a cookie on the train (imagining she’s a King-Kong–like creature overpowering the gingerbread man) and speeds off on her scooter ahead of her mother (pretending she’s driving a chariot). Grandpa is a playful sort who joins in on her play, and a lovely concluding illustration shows Lila’s mother settled on a bench and reading a book, indulging her own imagination through literature. Vibrant watercolors with loose lines conveying motion and energy are an ideal match for the playful, joyful text.
It’s hard to imagine this won’t be a hit. (Picture book. 3-6)