Some books are just pure magic from beginning to end, and Andrew Henry’s Meadow is one of them.
Like most kids, Christina Katerina loves all kinds of boxes. So when her family buys a new refrigerator, she immediately claims the large cardboard box that is discarded as her own.
When a little girl offers to make her daddy a sandwich with all of his “favourite things”, things get a liiittle out of hand…
This wonder-filled book about a nameless boy reads like a heartfelt dedication to children like him, whose heads always seem to be in the clouds — you know, the kid who likes to take his time and seems to have no sense of hurry; the kid who doesn’t always pay attention when you want him to; the kid who’s always daydreaming…
Casting a box of crayons as the protagonists of a picture book is pure genius. After all, there’s probably a box (or more) of these long-suffering sticks (or stumps) sitting in every preschooler’s home and/or classroom, which translates to instant relatability.
With its curious title, naturally it seems fitting to feature this book on hump day. ‘Wednesday‘ refers to the day when Big Square and Little Round get together on a weekly basis to play their favourite game, where they each morph into the shape of whichever noun that either of them decides, such as a butterfly, a mushroom and a flower.
When a seagull randomly drops a can of bright orange paint on Mr. Plumbean’s roof, his house becomes a source of great consternation — not for him, however, but his neighbours, particularly since instead of restoring it to its original neat state, he does the exact opposite. This sparks a colourful chain reaction that changes the nondescript houses and lives of everyone on the street forever.
In a scenario familiar to kids and parents alike, a little boy is surrounded by “a million toys” but declares that he is bored. Although, not for long, as he resourcefully climbs a special ladder into the attic.
A picture can speak a thousand words, as the saying goes, but it’s often woefully inadequate when it comes to representing people and all the qualities — both their good and less desirable attributes — that make them who they are.