on November 19, 2009
Some of my favorite books are those that plant an idea into the mind of a child and really get the imagination racing. I love to see the wheels turning and hear the wild thoughts that burst forth. After reading this, every child will come up with half a dozen animals they would like to be transformed into!
The entire book is built on a simple premise with great execution. Just one question with nine unique responses: If you could be an animal for just one day, what would you be and why? The answers are produced in both beautiful and comical illustrations.
The little boy telling the story has one heck of an imagination. If he could swim the Nile, he would be be a creeping crocodile. But not just any croc, you know. This one wears a tiny red hat and has the sharpest, snapping smile.
Many of the animals pictured have taken on some of the human characteristics or appearances. The rabbit hops along in a striped shirt and green overalls, while the porcupine lazes back, writing in her journal. The illustrations are bright and clever, and altogether very enjoyable.
The only question remaining after reading this book is - what will your kids come up with? In addition to the animals mentioned here, ours wanted to be a gorilla, a one-humped camel and a slow-moving turtle. The very last page includes a little surprise - a shiny mirror that reflects back the most special someone in the whole world.
on February 22, 2016
This is a great book: the artwork is beautiful, it has a nice rhythm, it's imaginative, and about self-acceptance. I only wish the mirror was on the back cover instead of one of the pages, though - it got messed up within a month. Oh well.
on March 3, 2015
This is a perfect book! The drawings are intricate and beautiful, the prose is sweet and easy, and the end is a lovely little surprise with a tiny little mirror that my baby daughter loves. This is a must have book for any kid, perfect gift for a new mom baby shower.
We got this book when our twin girls were about 3 years old and we all still love it. I like the cadence and rhyming, well done, and the illustrations are of course fabulous courtesy of the amazing Marc Boutavant. For little ones (7 and under) it is a good length and with enough words to not be too baby-ish. I like the message about like being oneself, and the girls still go nuts every time at the end when the get to look in the little mirror on the last page and say ME. They also still get into saying the animal on the next page that completes the rhyme. I definitely think all little ones should have a copy of this book!
on July 4, 2010
This is a staple in our bedtime routine. Our 2.5 yr old adores this book and asks for it every night, and we don't mind reading it for the gazillionth time because we love it too. It has a great rhythm to it, it's smart and respectful, and the beautiful art work intrigues questions.