At This Very Moment by Matthew Hodson

 At This Very Moment by Matthew Hodson. Cicada, 2021. 9781908714923

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Hardcover

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? This lovely book imagines scenes around the world “at this very moment.” Repetitive, simple text shows a mouse waking up in the morning sun, potatoes growing underground, a river flowing out to sea, and, finally, “babies everywhere drifting off to sleep.” Little listeners can imagine life peacefully going on around them as they fall asleep.

Uncluttered text is placed at the upper left and lower right of each page opening, with familiar animals and other living things in the center. The simplicity of the images and the liltingly repetitive phrases add to the feeling of calm. What a reassuring and peaceful last book of the night!

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  For ages 1-4 as a bedtime or naptime story.

Who should buy this book? Day care centers and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

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: September 25, 2021

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