From Publishers Weekly
In non-narrative form, Fanelli (Button) challenges the concept of "map" as she earnestly demonstrates that places aren't the only things that can be charted. Exploring everyday aspects of a child's world, the author mixes the expected, such as "Map of My Neighborhood," with more conceptual subjects: "Map of My Family," "Map of My Day," "Map of My Heart" and even "Map of My Dog." In some ways, the volume resembles a kit: the dust jacket unfolds, revealing a poster of the contents, and empty areas on most spreads encourage readers to personalize the book (on "Map of My Tummy," space is reserved under the heading "my favorite foods"). Fanelli's abstract, mixed-media art includes heavy, blended oil pastels, waxy crayon lettering and snippings from printed matter. Fields of rich color and easygoing disregard of perspective make the work seem approachable and sophisticated at the same time. Ultimately, Fanelli frames a sort of Everychild existence, and although she suggests that her mapmaker is a specific character (with, for example, a sister and a pet dog), she welcomes outsiders' interactions-and possible contradictions. Ages 5-8.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3-A truly unusual offering. There is no story, per se; the book consists of a series of naive, mixed-media, double-page maps that tell a great deal about a child's internal and external life. Fanelli starts with a treasure map, but quickly moves to more familiar territory with "My Bedroom" and "My Family." Activities of a typical day?breakfast, school, lunch, playground, home, supper, story time, and dreams?are divided by broadly painted bands of color. The map of "My Neighborhood" is perhaps the most straightforward, showing home in relation to school, the river, and the playground. Others range from "My Heart" (the child's parents are there, as well as sunny days and chocolate) to "My Face" and "My Dog." The cover unfolds to a poster-sized map with a list of items to find and questions to answer. The other side provides a canvas for "My Own Map," inviting readers to take off on personal explorations. An imaginative, child-centered title that should be examined and enjoyed, and one that will also make a wonderful springboard for teachers introducing the concepts of mapping or autobiography.?Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
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