Thursday, December 24, 2020

Review - If You Come to Earth

If You Come to Earth

by Sophie Blackall
Date: 2020
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 80
Format: e-book
Source: library

From two-time Caldecott Winner author-illustrator Sophie Blackall!

If You Come to Earth is a glorious guide to our home planet, and a call for us to take care of both Earth and each other.

This stunning book is inspired by the thousands of children Sophie Blackall has met during her travels around the world in support of UNICEF and Save the Children.

• An engaging storybook about a single curious and imaginative child
• Simultaneously funny and touching
• Carries a clear message about the need to care for the earth and each other

If you come to Earth, there are a few things you need to know. . .
We live in all kinds of places.
In all kinds of homes.
In all kinds of families.
Each of us is different. But all of us are amazing.
And, together, we share one beautiful planet.

This masterful and moving picture book is a visually comprehensive guide to the earth, imbued with warmth and humor.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

If You Come to Earth would be a great housewarming gift for aliens who have decided to move to our planet. It's also a nice book for Earth children that provides simple explanations about our planet and the things one will find here.

With detailed illustrations, Sophie Blackall creates a guidebook for those who are curious about the planet. In a way, it's similar to books such as Children Just Like Me, but it doesn't focus exclusively on human beings. It's a cute look at the place that we all call home.

I did have problems reading some of the text (it's tiny in spots!) so this would probably best be read as a physical book. Other than that, though, I can see this one having wide appeal. It's suitable for most humans... as well as for interstellar visitors!

Quotable moment:

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

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4.17 out of 5

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