I'll Catch You If You Fall

illus. by Layn Marlow. 32p. ebook available. S. & S. Mar. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481452069.
PreS-Gr 1—This nautical-themed British import reassures children everywhere that there is always someone watching over them. This picturesque book starts by asking, "Who will keep the boy safe?" as a young boy in a yellow raincoat reaches perilously over the edge of a boat with a net. "'I will', said his mother. 'I will hold him close…and never let him lean too far.'" The text then goes on to ask who will keep both of them safe, along with the boat and then a star. The true standouts in this book are the bright watercolor and digital illustrations. The impressive storm seascapes in particular will mesmerize both children and adults. This picture book could be used in a sea-themed storytime, as well as a storytime about feelings. The book's theme and tone are also broad enough that caregivers could adapt it to their own anxious children's concerns.
VERDICT A general purchase for most libraries.

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