Review of Would You Come Too?

Would You Come Too? Would You Come Too?
by Liz Garton Scanlon; illus. by Diana Sudyka
Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp.    g
4/22    978-1-5344-5206-0    $17.99
e-book ed.  978-1-5344-5207-7    $10.99

“If we were walls, we’d have windows, and we’d throw them open wide.” A child with brown hair and dark skin invites a red-haired, light-skinned friend to come outside to play; together, the two immerse themselves in the natural world and in their imaginations. They begin at a backyard pond (“If we were a pond, we’d lap in the breeze”) before venturing to the banks of a stream (“If we were a bank, we’d be muddy”) and building a nest near a tree (“If we were eggs, we’d be safe there”). Sudyka’s (How to Find a Bird, rev. 7/20; Dear Treefrog, rev. 5/21) digitally finished watercolor gouache illustrations are full of movement and soothing rounded shapes. The pictures—with swirls of blue water and creatively rendered creatures—interpret Scanlon’s (One Dark Bird, rev. 7/19) poetic verse beautifully, blending fantasy and awe. Three more friends join in the play, and the text directly addresses readers: “Would you come too, if we asked you—would you run all the way to the sea?” Finally, when “the day turn[s] to darkness,” the journey ends back where it started—at home. An irresistible invitation to readers to take in nature and all the world has to offer.

From the May/June 2022 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Grace McKinney
Grace McKinney

Grace McKinney holds an MA in Children's Literature from Simmons University and reviews for the Horn Book Magazine. She works at a Montessori school in St. Louis, Missouri, and writes about children's books and Montessori on the blog Cosmic Bookshelf.

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