Just To See by Morgane de Cadier, illustrated by Florian Pigé, (translated by Johanna McCalmont), Blue Dot Kids Press, 2022 (in French 2021). 9781737603207
Format: Hardcover picture book
What did you like about the book? “I know the forest inside out. Every day I watch it from my tree house. I study every little thing for miles around. Wait…what’s that? It wasn’t there yesterday. Let’s go and see!” What the little girl finds is a deer with a tremendous rack of antlers that were not shed as they should have been. She asks the deer if she can climb them. “If you want. You can tell me what you see.” And up she goes. And up and up. She passes balloons and animals celebrating a birthday with cake and presents. Some animals have towels for drying off from the moisture up high. Some are reading and watering plants. She meets a huge snake near the top and settles down to watch the sun set and the moon rise – Just to see. Full two-page, exquisite illustrations done in colored pencil create a feast for the imagination.
Anything you did not like about the book? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? This story builds an imaginary world filled with wonders. Share it one-on-one or in an Imagination-themed storytime.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and preschools
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor, Youth Services Book Review
Date of Review: April 1, 2022