Explorers – by Matthew Cordell

     Explorers – by Matthew Cordell, Feiwel and Friends, 9781250174963, 2019

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? This is such a sweet wordless picture book! A family visits a museum and along the way gets to know and has connections with different people, including a homeless man, and another family exploring the museum. As an adult who has visited museums with children, I especially enjoyed seeing the variety of expressions and feelings among the children and adults as they went about their day. There is also an intentional, though realistic, diversity of visitors to the museum, including people with different skin colors as well as people with hijabs and yarmulkes. The illustrations have enough detail to easily tell the story, read the facial and body expressions of the characters, and see some details about the setting. At the same time, some details about the background are intentionally fuzzy enough to force the reader to really explore and use their imagination. The use of color and lines really help the readers’ eyes travel through the page to follow what is happening. The themes of the book are especially ripe for conversations about what we find in museums, family and sibling relations, homeless people, and making friends with strangers.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing!

To whom would you recommend this book? Especially to kids who like wordless books, and also to kids who like visiting museums. 

Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, public librarians

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts

Date of review: Nov. 3, 2019


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