If Kids Ruled the World

illus. by David Huyck. 32p. Kids Can. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781554535910.
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
This book starts off strong: if kids ruled the world, "birthday cake would be good for you," "there'd be no such thing as bedtime," etc. The big finish, for which smooth digital illustrations show a multigenerational cast acting childish: "No one would ever forget how to PLAY!" It's rather a letdown, though: do kids really dread forgetting how to play?

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