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What If...

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Joyous celebration of a kid’s boundless creativity.

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This book celebrating creativity is itself wildly inventive and creative. Author Samantha Berger's rhyming text in What If… carries the reader through as if on a wave, and Mike Curato's colorful art, brimming with materials used in wildly inventive ways, serves to underscore the message that creativity is imaginative and resourceful. When the girl declares, "I could still shape the leaves," Curato creates a gorgeous sculptural collage of a fire-breathing dragon using leaves of various hues. By the time all the materials have been removed, a fold-out page says, "If I had nothing, but still had my mind…" then opens up to show the girl riding a winged, pink unicorn, concluding, "There’d always be stories to seek and to find." On the last page, the girl proclaims, "As long as I live, I will always create," and the illustration pulls back to show a shiver-inducing long shot of the girl drawing in her window, while neighbors in other lit windows are also creating -- playing violin, decorating a cake, dancing, and painting.

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