Susan Vere has created an extremely modern in style, wording and feelings story in Unstoppable Me. One of the few classically stereotypical elements, is the fact our young narrator has both the Mother/Father dynamic. However, they are an only child, therefore bringing the dynamic back into a more modern theme.
Andrew Joyner has created some amazingly bright illustrations. They, paired with fun, beginning reader text, allows the young listener and the early reader having access to a story they can both enjoy listening to, looking at and reading themselves.
Joyner’s illustrations have you seeing all colors and types of people. It is a busy school (as well as the getting there and coming home) setting with a busier child from starting to finishing his day. The energy of the child pops off the page along with actions he performs (the playing part of the day shows much running about and fun having that is quite possibly, exhausting for the adult viewer). And, of course, after he calms down to do some recharging of the ol’ kid-batteries, you see the dust start flying again.
While some of the text is almost prose poetry, it reads easily. Unlike, the hero of the book who jumps and soars through the day, you will not be exhausted reading or for rereading. The more rambunctious child most likely will see themselves on the pages of Vere’s book. And this is a great gift for the parent, grandparent or caregiver of same said child. And, of course, a great gift for the energetic child themselves.