Swing is a sweet story, if not a bit obvious. Michael Hall has created text and art that is simple. However, there are a couple pages do have some fun details to sniff out. There is nothing wrong with this book, but just does not a lot of umph to it.
The letter O, E, V and L come together on a playground. They are different from each other: E is from that group called vowels; L is in the middle of the alphabet while V is way at the end; and O? They do not have any straight lines. Each one tells the next that they are saving the swing for friends, that they cannot swing with them, but in the end each one grabs a swing and find out how much fun the four of them can have and a something special thing they can make.
There is nothing new or diffident about this book. There is a lot to like, but it is simplistic in its execution. It will make a great lap-sized board book as it would be good for the toddler set. If your child is starting to read with assistance this would work as well. Of course, perhaps its best fit would be in the classroom setting to show kids how to share and be friends with those who are different form them.
Hall has created other picture books such as Monkey Time and Red. Swing and the others are education, but also are just fun straight forwards stories. They fit most ages and adult and kids alike can take something away from them. Due May 2020