Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Review - A Year of Everyday Wonders

A Year of Everyday Wonders

by Cheryl B. Klein
illustrated by Qin Leng
Date: 2020
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 40
Format: e-book
Source: library

From first haircut to first ice-cream cone, each year brings a new cycle of experiences

With each new year come countless little wonders. From the highs—first snowfall, first new umbrella, first beach trip—to the lows—first missed bus, first lost umbrella, first sunburn—every year older means another cycle of everyday experiences.

In their clever, playful, observant picture book, acclaimed author Cheryl B. Klein and illustrator Qin Leng explore many truths of childhood through a calendar year of small moments that, all together, comprise what it is to be a kid.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This is a really sweet little book, adorably illustrated by Qin Leng, that chronicles a year of firsts as a little girl passes through a year. From first snowball fights and first waffles to first crushes and first sunburns, the story shows how the everyday can also be extraordinary.

I don't have much to complain about here, other than the placement of the text on some of the illustrated pages. The typeface is small and the contrast isn't always great, so it's sometimes tricky to read. Other than that, though, the aesthetic of the book is wonderful.

I'd recommend this book to readers who are looking for books about the passage of a year, the seasons, or the simple pleasures of a child's life.

Quotable moment:

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

Enjoyment: 5/5

Overall: 4.5 out of 5

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