Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books


Fall 2016 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 6 yrs.
Author: Christopher Silas Neal
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763676834
Hardcover Price: $15.99

In his first book as both author and illustrator, artist Christopher Silas Neal offers children reassurance that it's natural to feel happy and sad or "frazzled, fed up, bonkers, batty, bananas" (sometimes all in the same day) and that there are times when "you just need to cry" because "everyone has feelings, and that's OK." This isn't new territory, but Neal's gentle approach to the text is echoed in the quiet whimsy of his mixed media illustrations-a blue-and-peach palette, a loose simplicity of line-offering children a comforting way to understand and share their own feelings.

Lynne Heffley   ©2016 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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