Roar like a Dandelion

Harper/HarperCollins. Oct. 2019. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062680075.
K-Gr 2–With a nod to the fanciful, this alphabetic listing of activities invites readers’ imaginations to soar with a series of commands encouraging children to envision a world beyond the expected. Paired with Krauss’s never-published humorous text, Ruzzier’s soft color on pen-ink drawings add whimsy to each page of the possible or improbable. Each vignette suggests positive change with frequent outlandish anthropomorphic images—pigs don’t fly, but they read books and listen as others make music, and elephants joyously “jump like a raindrop.” Text urges readers to “paint a picture of a cage with an open door and wait” as fanciful winged creatures watch. Ducks even reverse flight to “walk backward all the way home.”
VERDICT A suggested first purchase for all libraries, this book urges readers to imagine the improbable, “Sit in the sun and shine” and “X out all the bad stuff,” for anyone may, as the title suggests,“Roar like a dandelion.”

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