A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers are exposed to the idea of "getting lost" in a book, so to speak, through visuals that let the reader imagine going into the book, being transported by it, meeting other characters, and getting to know them, as well as being known by them.
The Red Book promotes strong messages about the appeal of reading and becoming deeply engaged in a subject, place, and characters.
Positive Role Models
The heroine in The Red Book and the friend she makes along the way both are engaged, curious, and gentle.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Red Book is an unconventional, image-only book-within-a-book that takes readers on a journey inside a book where they are engaged, transported, lost, and found. It's suitable for any age, though it's ideal for preschoolers and beginning readers who will marvel at the simplicity, structure, and imagination. Expect delight, awe, wonderment, and many questions about how it works.
Is It Any Good?
With stunning images and turns that surprise and delight, THE RED BOOK is not easily forgotten. Young readers enter a book that ultimately deconstructs the magic of books. It's a visual-only journey aided by vivid, simple pictures in watercolors, gouache, and ink. But altogether, it gets the brain of kids and adults alike firing on all cylinders, reminding readers of the wonder and awe books offer by simply showing us another world.
Kids will marvel at the magic of the storytelling: How is she seeing him and he seeing her at the same time? Where is she going? What happens to the book now? Parents will find the clever yet simple approach refreshing and impressive and likely a source of very engaging conversation.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.