Everywhere, Wonder – written by Matthew Swanson, illustrated by Robbi Behr


      Everywhere, Wonder – written by Matthew Swanson, illustrated by Robbi Behr, Imprint, (9781250087959), 2017.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book? A little brown-skinned boy keeps his eyes wide open to fully notice wonderful things, both large and small, everywhere. Turning the pages reveals the boy visiting exotic places like jungles, sand gardens, pyramids, and African savannahs. He also takes time to appreciate the more mundane, too, like a blue balloon caught in a tree or a coin found at the bottom of a pool.  Told in poetic language, “In the high hills of Japan are gardens full of wind-worn rocks and clean white sand, but not a single flower,” the words have a restful rhythm. The closing is well-suited to encourage sweet dreams, “Now the lamp is off and the moon is up. You close your eyes and see them again – the things you noticed today. All these together are your story. Dream with them awhile.”

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend as a soothing bedtime story.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with Picture Books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  3/8/17

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