I See You See – Richard Jackson, illustrated by Patrice Barton

    I See You See – Richard Jackson, illustrated by Patrice Barton, Caitlyn Dlouhy Book, 9781481492003, 2021

Format: Hardcover Picture book

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

 Genre: Picture book

 What did you like about the book? Children can have very vivid imaginations. Maisie and Jonah go to walk their dog and on their walk they imagine all the different animals and things they see on their walk. The dog joins in some of the fun as well. On the walk they see cats, dinos and even goldfish. The amazing thing about this book is that Maisie has to walk the dog and push her brother’s wheelchair. Oftentimes if you are reading a book only for its surface content you might miss the hidden message. I believe one of the clearest hidden messages is that children at all levels of ability should be able to enjoy the outdoors and have fun! The colors are bright and the characters look more like soft color pencil drawings mixed with some watercolor. 

Anything you did not like about the book? At first I did not get the messaging behind the book. However, as you read further and see Maisie and Jonah having fun imagining different things you quickly see that the central message is imagination!

 To whom would you recommend this book? This book is for the whimsical child ages 4-7.

Who should buy this book? Parents of young children, elementary schools

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

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

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA

Date of review: 3/24/2021

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