Where Is Everybody? by Remy Charlip

Where Is Everybody? by Remy Charlip, Enchanted Lion, c1957, 2022 (June). 9781592702831 

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

Format: Hardcover Picture book

What did you like about the book? This book, first published in 1957, is one that young children will love.  It begins with an empty page.  A small, simple drawing of a bird follows, “A bird flies up into the sky.”  The following 2-page spread has a bright yellow sun shining in the sky while the opposite page shows the bird flying.  The illustrations are ones like young children themselves would draw: A waving line travels across two pages, the yellow sun in the top left-hand corner, the bird still flying but now there are hills. A river is added at the bottom of the next two pages – with a fish swimming at the bottom of the right-hand page.  And so it goes, or rather grows, with the addition of a tree, then a forest, a road, a deer, a house, a man coming from the house to feed the deer, a boy who pets the deer.  When the rain begins to fall, the pages turn grey and greyer, shrouding over all that has previously been seen until all that remains is the rain.

Anything you did not like about the book?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for any young child, age 2-6.  I think they would request it multiple times in one sitting.  Perfect for storytimes as well or lap-sits.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and nursery schools.

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? A very good choice to be aware of

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

Date of Review: January 14, 2022

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