I’ll Believe You When … : Unbelievable Idioms from Around the World by Susan Schubert, illustrated by Raquel Bonita


I’ll Believe You When … : Unbelievable Idioms from Around the World by Susan Schubert, illustrated by Raquel Bonita. Latana Publishing Ltd., 9781911373490, 2020

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre: Nonfiction

What did you like about the book? I loved so much of this book! It’s a funny book about idioms for young children, but told with a slight story to make it more readable than a reference book. It celebrates diversity in a fun way. A map on the front end pages labels the many different countries where the idioms in the book originate, and the map on the back end pages includes the text of the idioms in their own languages. Through the story, each character shares the idiom from their country (many which include animals) and the illustrations show a growing cast of people and animals as each is added to the setting. A variety of genders, skin colors, and abilities (including a character in a wheelchair) are included, and many characters also bring toys or other fun things to share (including a soccer ball, a robot, and a picnic lunch). The bright and textured illustrations of the funny idioms add to the humor and positive feel of the book. 

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing at all

To whom would you recommend this book? I’d recommend this to kids who like silly-nonsense stories, and especially young kids who are creative and like making up and telling jokes. It would also be great for a teacher to use when discussing idioms and figurative language. 

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

Where would you shelve it? Nonfiction (400s)

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

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

Date of review: August 12, 2020

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