I Want an Apple: How My Body Works by David L. Harrison, illustrated by David Catrow


            I Want an Apple: How My Body Works – David L. Harrison, illustrated by David Catrow, Holiday House, 2021. 9780823441044 

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

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? I don’t know if I have ever before seen a book with a different author and illustrator where they matched so perfectly together.  I am admittedly a die-hard David Catrow fan and have never been disappointed.  He absolutely outdoes himself here, his artwork melding with Harrison’s words.  A tiny, little girl is lying on a rocking chair with her basset-like dog on the floor beside her.  She thinks “I want an apple.  Smart brain, help me find one.”  Her sturdy feet will carry her forward, her heart will keep her strong while she searches (in a boot, under the dog’s ear, in the chair cushions).  A huge apple sits up on the table with just the tip of a nose sniffing up the side: “Sniffy nose, smell the apple.”  Her eyes and her strong arms help her (the dog is smiling).  The humongous mouth full of teeth bite the apple.  YUM!  The tummy accepts the bits that go down into the intestines that eventually excrete what is not needed into the toilet.  The end page contains an illustration of the insides of the little girl’s body and the journey that the apple has taken.

The little girl is brown-skinned.  The artwork was created with pencils, watercolors, and inks.  The basic type appears to be Times or Georgia.

Anything you did not like about the book? Total perfection.

To whom would you recommend this book? This would make a fantastic read aloud for storytimes or as an introduction to digestion.  Any David Catrow fan would have to have it and David L. Harrison created one of my all-time favorites Wake Up, Sun!.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, kindergartens and child-care centers

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Editor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review:  September 15, 2021

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