From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Sozi is a girl with a big imagination and a lot of great ideas. The problem is that she has a hard time controlling all of her ideas and staying focused long enough to pick just one. Luckily, a large book comes along to help capture Sozi's many ideas within its pages. Sozi begins to write her own book, which makes for a great story about organization and creativity. Unfortunately, the ending, in which the young girl is eaten by the book, is confusing and throws the perceived message off. The rhyming scheme is also odd at times; the meter often feels clunky and changes sporadically, which will make reading aloud frustrating. Alexander's illustrations have a screenprinted style, and her use of minimal colors makes for a "do-it-yourself" feel, but doesn't quite match the creative nature of the story line, as the scenes depicting Sozi's ideas look too flat on the page. VERDICT Although big on imagination, this story feels more like an afterthought than a well-constructed idea.—Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
"A pyrotechnical display of color and line. [Rilla Alexander’s] polished spreads dazzle. Silkscreen-style swoops and swirls of scarlet, navy, teal, and yellow give each page outsize graphic impact."
] unlike most books and utterly different from anything that can be found on the shelves of major book retailers. [
] a brilliant, innovative and highly imaginative story that is bound to captivate and delight people of all agesespecially creative individuals who know what it feels like to have ideas at random. (5 out of 5 stars)"
"Her Idea is a fun read for kids and former kids alike, because we all have great ideas up to the point when we have to work on them."
"A great story about organization and creativity. . . . Alexander's illustrations have a screenprinted style, and her use of minimal colors makes for a 'do-it-yourself' feel. . . . Big on imagination."
School Library Journal
"Through bright color choices and geometric shapes, Rilla Alexander's picture book is a visual feast. [
] This metafictive picture book will ignite conversations and transport readers into the pages of the story."
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover
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