Friday, January 20, 2023

Things to Look Forward To by Sophie Blackall - ADVISABLE

Things to Look Forward To: 52 Large and Small Joys for Today and Every Day by Sophie Blackall,  128 pages. Chronicle Books, 2022.  $23. 9781797214481

Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G;



The author and illustrator shared different things to look forward to during the dark days of the pandemic and this book is a collection of favorites, one for each week of the year. The illustrations are a mix of big and small moments, personal and public, and lead the reader to reflect on their own lives and what they look forward to themselves.

I had assumed, when I picked up this book, that it was a picture book for children. That is not the case. It is illustrated, but it is definitely meant for older readers. The content is totally fine, but only readers of a certain maturity will understand how some of the things are worth looking forward to (e.g. taxes, dinner parties with friends, married life, etc). I stated that it would have low audience appeal because I feel that it’s a book that adults may love more than kids do. I could see this being used as a mentor text in a high school ELA/creative writing class, but wouldn’t have much mainstream appeal in a school library. 

Kiera, #bookswithbeddes

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