Sunday, September 8, 2019

Review - Here and Now

Here and Now
by Julia Denos
illustrated by E. B. Goodale
Date: 2019
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 40
Format: e-book
Source: library

A stunning celebration of mindfulness and a meditation on slowing down and enjoying each moment, from the team behind the award-winning Windows.

Explore identity and connection, inspire curiosity, and prompt engaging discussions about the here and now.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This is an interesting meditation on mindfulness. I don't think I'd recommend it to very young children, but for those who are beginning to forget how to live in the moment, this book could be a good reminder.

The author's note at the end explains that she intended this book to be a meditation on the present moment. In that respect, it works. The gentle text and interesting illustrations show the reader the many different things that might be happening in that one moment, no matter where they are. It's definitely a book that's going to provoke some thought.

I enjoyed the illustrations in this one, too. They're quite cute, and the cast of characters is diverse.

As a quiet meditation, this book works. It would make a lovely bedtime read, but it would also be suitable as a way to take a moment and centre oneself in the middle of a hectic day.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall Rating: 3.67 out of 5 ladybugs

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