Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a great story.
Are We There Yet?
Written by Nina Laden
Illustrated by Adam McCauley
36 pages – ages 4+
Published by Chronicle Books on March 1, 2016
Theme/Topic- Using Imagination
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Are you ready?“
Synopsis from Publisher: “We’ve all been there. Or more accurately, we’ve all been with kids in the backseat clamoring (over and over!) “Are we there yet?” In this genius of a picture book, bestselling author Nina Laden combines forces with dynamic illustrator Adam McCauley to turn that dilemma on its head. Fun for kids and adults, the book is filled with details that readers will want to hunt for (over and over!). Buckle up and enjoy the ride!“
What I Thought- I think that this book is a great tribute to the imagination. The book never goes out and states that the kid is imagining the things outside the car, but it can lead into a great conversation between parent and child! A great concept story, the book has minimal text, consisting mostly of the child asking the question “Are we there yet?” (and what parent hasn’t experienced this!) and his mother answering “No” – along with a few other word bubbles. The main focus is definitely the illustrations. The illustrations are a feast for the eyes. They are whimsical, having the essence of reality intertwined with the marvel of imagination.
The book is a fabulous collaboration between two very creative individuals, and I hope to see them working together again!
Activities and Resources- I found a great post about the importance of imagination, along with activities to spark it HERE at Parenting.com!
There is also a fabulous list of imaginative games you can play from Familyeducation.com HERE!
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!