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Sunday 24 October 2010

Review: You

This lovely picture book filled with Stephen Michael King’s gorgeous watercolour and ink illustrations celebrates the richness of life, especially the special people that make life so colourful, musical and exciting.

This very simple story features two friends, a sweet rabbit-like character and a little bird. They think about the things that make their world colourful, musical and exciting, but they always return to the thought that the most special part of their world is each other.

The story features the kinds of opposites and simple story progression often found in picture books for toddlers and young children. As with other books by Stephen Michael King, the illustrations add a sense of fun and warmth that give this story an appeal beyond the simple story. They convey movement and sound and a wonderful sense of joy, which compliment the text beautifully. Fans of King’s 2009 picture book Never Ever Before will notice some familiar shapes representing ‘all sorts of things’ in one illustration.

I must confess I am a huge Stephen Michael King fan. I love his early books Henry and Amy and Emily loves to Bounce and I especially enjoyed Never Ever Before. I love the way he shares something important in such a simple, fun way. 

You is a book that would be a lovely gift to a young children from a parent, grandparent or special friend and it is ideal as a gentle story to read at bedtime.

Title: You
Author/Illustrator: Stephen Michael King
Publisher: Scholastic, A$19.99RRP
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781741696226
For ages: 2 – 102
Type: Picture Book

- this review by Susan Whelan of Reading Upside Down