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Title:
If kids ruled the world
Author:
Bailey, Linda, 1948- , author.
Publication Information:
Toronto, ON : Kids Can Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Describes a perfect world from a child's point of view, including no bedtimes, no baths, pets of all kinds, tree houses in every yard, and play for everyone.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 440 Lexile.
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ISBN:
9781554535910
Format :
Book

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This original, fun picture book delightfully describes, in hilarious detail, a small child's idea of utopia. Every two-page spread offers something new about this fantasy life, including, ?If kids ruled the world, every day would be your birthday! Birthday cake would be good for you. Your doctor would say, 'Don't forget to eat your birthday cake so you'll grow up strong and healthy!'? And, ?You could go to any kind of school you like ... Circus School. Fairy School. Inventing School. Lots of kids would go to Recess School.' The topics that bestselling, award-winning author Linda Bailey has chosen are pitch-perfect for young children, from bedtime and baths (none!) to pets and tree houses (lots!). And illustrator David Huyck's detailed, brightly hued artwork is full of energy, joy and humor that gets right to the heart of a child's view of the world.



While this is a book that would happily be enjoyed from cover to cover, it's not hard to envision an enthralled child spending long stretches of time daydreaming about one particular scenario. In the classroom, this book would make an excellent springboard for art projects or creative writing assignments that explore children's own unique image of the perfect world. Particularly gratifying is the emphasis throughout on sharing all the good things brought to life in a world of a child's own making. This book is a truly exuberant celebration of childhood, play and imagination. It's sure to become a classic.


Author Notes

Linda Bailey is an award-winning author of many books for children, including Goodnight Sweet Pig, Stanley's Party, the Stevie Diamond Mysteries, and the Good Times Travel Agency series. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Raised near Chicago, David grew up half a block from the candy store in one direction, and half a block from the playground in the other. Along with a limitless supply of Legos, cartoons and all genres of books, the resulting high-fructose queasiness is the point source for everything he has made ever since.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

This warm piece of speculative fiction is tailor-made for both circle-time reading and spurring class projects. Bailey's (the Stanley series) what-ifs run the gamut from calendar and nutritional reform ("If kids ruled the world, every day would be your birthday! Birthday cake would be good for you") to the legalization of transgressive behavior ("Beds would be for bouncing on and hiding underneath") and vastly increased personal agency ("If you felt like going somewhere, you'd have your own thingamajiggy to get there"). Huyck's (Nine Words Max) sunny scenes are filled with devil-may-care, romping kids-the pictures have the lovely, pretend-play-comes-to-life feel of vintage Golden Books. Never once does a kid yearn for a world with more screen time: in fact, the book's best spread shows a close-up of a tree fort whose occupant has pulled up the rope ladder and is unseen except for two legs that end in flip-flops and two hands writing in a journal. If that is indeed what would happen if kids ruled the world, let's welcome them as our new overlords. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-K- Every page features a child's dream come true: birthday cake would be good for us, beds would be for bouncing, every yard would have a lake, every tree would have a tree house. This is a wonderful book for sharing in storytime; it guarantees an abundance of ooohs, aaahs, and even cheers and will rev up imaginations about all kinds of fun things kids might do if they were in charge. The full-bleed illustrations are dynamic, bright, and cheerful, brimming with happy children of all ethnicities (and ages, as there are white-haired "kids" included in the last two spreads). Thanks to the joyful artwork and a text that unapologetically indulges every kid's wish for things like a personal castle and Recess School, this is a surefire winner. Some books are built purely for fun, and this is one of them.-Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.