Sunday, 6 September 2020

#SundayReview: I Do Not Like Stories

Sunday Review

Here is a boy who is sure of one thing: he does NOT like stories. Not stories about waking up in the morning, or people in space, or fish in the sea, or planes, or trains, or boring old buildings.

We see the boy’s experiences play out over the course of his day. The one thing this contrarian boy loves is his cat—whose day is depicted through graphic panels in a funny, parallel side narrative. The cheerful cat searches for the boy all day, chasing anything yellow, the colour of the boy’s bright backpack, and causing mess and mayhem throughout the city. In the end, the boy concedes he might like a story—if it’s the right one (do you know any stories about a cat?).

Art in a muted palette is accented with pops of yellow in this charming book about how the stories we tell ourselves have the power to shape our days. The visual details support literacy skills, add humor, and are sure to engage young readers—even those who are sure they don’t like stories.

What a great story. I read it twice in a row I enjoyed it so much. With few words so much is said, a boy who doesn't like stories, a struggling reader. So many kids struggle with reading, and we need more books that support this. The illustrations add so much, as we get to follow his cat throughout the day on a number of adventures, but also, his mother is missing and I can't help but wonder if he once loved many things before she left?

Thank you to NetGalley for a free copy for my honest review.

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