April is poetry month and if you want to know how to write a poem How to Write a Poem, book might help. Or not. But either way, this is a nice book. The entire book is one poem, yet it flows as a picture book prose format. There is a lot happening and that is shown by lots of good text by Kwame Alexander and Deanna Nikaido and buy some really busy and colorfully detailed images by Melissa Sweet. And though I read this via an online reader copy, the book is out (in fact I read it on its book birthday).
This is a book you need to know your audience for. You cannot just say, “Oh picture book. It is for ages 3 to 8 children, who are four feet and three inches, likes apples with peanut butter and cookies with sprinkles.” This book is for everyone and nobody because there is everything in there. While it might be a bit difficult to do as a group read aloud, a one-on-one would work if you are sitting cozy and comfortably. Alexander is a great author, but he outdid himself this time because I had to read multiple times to get everything. The text and illustrations are blended making it hard to sometimes distinguish things. Do not rush, just slowly enjoy. And do not be afraid to say “you don’t get it” because Alexander and Nikaido throw a lot at you.
And while I said you cannot really say who this is for, my go to reader would be just as quickly as an adult as a child. And I am adding this to the Passport I own as I purchased a copy to give to my local library because I want lots of people to read, enjoy and then rush out to the local independent bookstore and get a copy