Sunday, November 24, 2019

Review - If...

If...: 25th Anniversary Edition
by Sarah Perry
Date: 2020
Publisher: Getty Publications
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 48
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

Take a fantastical journey where anything can happen: leaves turn into fish, cats fly with wings, humans have tails, and dreams become visible

First published in 1995, Sarah Perry’s delightful picture book of “surreal possibilities” was the Getty’s first children’s title and has remained a beloved backlist classic over the course of two decades. Perry’s magical watercolors conjure up a world of limitless possibilities. Children of all ages will enjoy this romp through an inspiring, imaginative world. Reissued to celebrate a remarkable book’s 25th anniversary, this enhanced, expanded, and enlivened edition will appeal to a brand-new generation of readers.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This is definitely surreal, as advertised. If... is a collection of fanciful artwork that invites readers to imagine outlandish possibilities. Each picture is preceded by a simple "if" statement. The reader is then left to look at the picture and elaborate on the imaginative possibilities.

Some of the pictures are just a little too weird (If toes were teeth... kind of grossed me out), but many really do make the reader think. This could be a great book in a classroom setting if used as a catalyst for creative writing projects. The illustrations--subject matter aside--are all well done.

I think I probably would recommend this one, especially to creative readers who are looking for jumping-off points for their own stories.

Thank you to NetGalley and Getty Publications for providing a digital ARC.

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

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.33 out of 5

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