Monday, April 12, 2021

HERE AND NOW by Julia Denos. Illus. by E.B. Goodale. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. 32p. ISBN 978-132846564-1 hc. $17.99    PreS – Gr. 2    E PIC

Starting with the author’s note at the end of the book, readers will learn that the words are brief and meditative in nature.  Don’t rush.  Just read, turn the pages, and breathe in and out to experience the moment.  To accompany the relaxing verbiage, the illustrator has cleverly incorporated a repeating image of a book within a book, book covers from this author/illustrator team, an impressive cutaway of above and below ground level, and ripples in a reflecting pool.  Readers will want to  enjoy the perfect combination of text and illustration by reading it over and over again.  
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI 

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