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Wednesday 28 December 2016

Review: What Do You Do with an Idea?

One day, an idea appears. A little egg with a golden crown, a boy stands intrigued.

Hmmm. What to do with an idea? Well, this one is a little strange and fragile-looking. Our lad decides he's not sure what to do with it. So he walks away.

But the idea follows.

And follows.

And over time, it grows.
The lad realises he likes it when his idea is around. He becomes happier. Intrigued and curious. The idea needs attention, and our boy is happy to give it.

And so the idea continues to grow.

Along the way, he shows his idea to people. Some say it's no good. Some think it's weird. And some think it will never amount to anything.

Does the boy listen?

This is such a gorgeous, surrealist tale that will intrigue even the youngest of children. It's delightfully nuanced, fulfilling and exuberant in its climax. It's an inspiring tale that will puff little chests and lift chins high.

It may also cause the same effect on adults.

Mae Besom's divine, Japanese-inspired illustrations are just beautiful to behold, lending warmth and drama and emotion. Morphing from a monochrome pallette to full page colour-bursts, they are timeless and so rewarding.

A seamless, beautifully-produced book that's already become somewhat of a classic.

Title: What Do You Do with an Idea?
Author: Kobi Yamada
Illustrator: Mae Besom
Publisher: Compendium, $33.95
Publication Date: 1 February 2014
Format: Hard cover with dust jacket
ISBN: 9781938298073
For ages: 5 - 8
Type: Picture Book