In Awake Beautiful Child, she takes the first three letters of the alphabet, including the title, and creates a deceptively simple narrative that utilises just three words--all beginning with A B and C.
To tell the tale of children from waking to bedtime with a series of three-word phrases is quite some feat, but Amy does it beautifully, resulting in a lovingly-crafted story that will appeal to both kids and adults.
Gracia Lam's divine, graphic-inspired illustrations utilise a colour palette that shifts and changes as the book unfolds and we meet new children. The pages are a major hook for illustration and design lovers, with perfectly-balanced close-ups and long-shots, action and calm, sameness and diversity.
Ideal for focusing on specific letters of the alphabet (I'm standing by for D, E and F), Awake Beautiful Child would simultaneously make the perfect bedtime reading book.
Title: Awake Beautiful Child
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrator: Gracia Lam
Publisher: McSweeney's, $22.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 February 2016
Format: Hard cover with dust jacket
For ages: 2 - 6
Type: Picture Book