Jessica Whipple’s text in Enough Is… not my usual read. I enjoyed it, but I am not “jumping up and down” over it. However, Nicole Wong’s illustrations were perfectly sweet and worth the time to read them. That is not to say Whipple’s text is not good, just not for me at the time of reading. This book is aimed at a modern reader with classic sensibilities.
The idea is a good one with the theme of consumption and how it is flashy, and noisy and wants you to BUY NOW! or GET THIS! message is in your face. But the idea of Enough is an abstract idea that cannot be counted, and therefore how do you know when enough is enough? The possible situation of sharing means you have enough and can spare some of it, and the situation of enough might not always fit right way, but it will get there, among other scenarios are presented.
The illustrations are the draw for me. They are cozy, minimal detailed, colorful without being overwhelming and allow the child a safe place to explore a concept that even adults have trouble with. One of the pluses of the art is that you can tell you own story with them, that has nothing to do with the actual one and it is still okay. And then the book can grow with your child.
I am curious to read other books by Whipple and search out others illustrated by Wong. Read via reader copy via Edelweiss.