We Are All Me by Jordan Crane. Toon, 2018. 9781943145355
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5
Genre: Easy reader/graphic novels
What did you like about the book? Sparse text that can be inferred from the artwork and striking illustrations in day-glo colors make this an accessible title for new readers. Some of the spreads are downright gorgeous, as they depict in detail how seeds grow or a human heart.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The depictions of humans do not have the loving detail of the natural scenes. I imagine that the author wanted them to be non-gender specific, but they have a diagrammatic aspect which is at a disconnect from the rest of the art. The text, although easy to read, is like an existential manifesto of humanity, which may be a bit abstract for the target audience.
To whom would you recommend this book? For ages 5-8, especially for those who like the Toon graphic easy readers.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Easy readers or graphic novels
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: August 10, 2018