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Hardcover Book Details
  • 10/2021
  • 9781733354820
  • 40 pages
  • $17.95
Now What?
Brenda Faatz, author

Picture Book; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

The book title begs the question and the answers come through obstacles which become opportunities in this comical romp. Curiosity, frustration, imagination, and a unique perspective are at the heart of this tale about Lizzy, the protagonist from the “It’s Just So” book series. Written in lyrical rhyme, we are taken on a little journey through a day that brings personal growth and the meeting of Luna, a new neighbor, who just moved from the Caribbean. Together, they color their way through adventures and embrace the concept of “living in the now” while being creative with what life presents.
Reviews
At the start of this paean to the imagination, young Lizzy finds herself wondering how to pass the time on one of those overcast days where everything is “a little bit ‘-ish.’” What begins as a mostly solo adventure (she is, of course, accompanied by her dog) turns into a journey of friendship and a celebration of living in the moment. No matter what gets thrown in her way, be it a new neighbor, a rainstorm, or even a box of kittens, Lizzy always makes the most of each situation. Told in playful rhyme reminiscent of Dr. Seuss, and featuring lively and cheerful illustrations from Peter Trimarco, Now What? is a surefire day-brightener crafted to inspire children to embrace their inner adventurers, just as Lizzy does.

Celebrating the power of imagination and friendship is a beloved topic of picture books, and Now What? embraces that tradition, though some seasoned readers will feel it does not add new ideas to a well-worn theme nor offer a new lens to differentiate it. That being said,both text and art feel genuine in their celebration of spontaneity, with the silly made-up words comprising the rhyme scheme feeling true to the overall whimsical tone and feel, especially when paired with the charming, watercolor illustrations. One particularly funny moment captured by Trimarco: Lizzy and Luna are stuck in the box during a rainstorm with their hair pressed up against the top, squishing their otherwise bouncy and tall tresses.

Despite the familiar premise, the heart that shines through this tale, as well as its humor, still make it a worthy addition to any picture book collection. Well suited to rainy day readings, or just as a reminder on those blah days, Now What? is a delightful tribute to the power of invention.

Takeaway: A cheery, rhyming romp that celebrates imagination, friendship, and living in the moment.

Great for fans of: Beatrice Alemagna’s On A Magical Do-Nothing Day, Samantha Berger’s What If…

Production grades
Cover: A-
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

The Children's Book Review

What to Expect: Mindfulness, creativity, opportunity, friendship.

“Now what?” asks Lizzy, as she and her faithful dog try to decide what to do with the day. Playing ball, playing music, and even re-homing kittens seems to go just a little bit wrong, and there’s still so much time left in the day! Then, Luna appears, and now there are two girls to work out what to do next together. They swap stories, build forts and rockets, and play wonderful island instruments. Each girl gets to be their own unique self while having tons of fun together. “Now is what!” the girls conclude at the end of a busy, happy, unexpected day.

Now What? uses a playful fusion of images, sound, and text to draw the reader into each moment of play and discovery. The language bursts with unexpected rhymes and is as much fun to read aloud as it is to read quietly. Peter Trimaco’s lovely ink and pencil illustrations are also overflowing with rhythm and movement, and add wonderful touches of subtle humor (the dog’s antics with the kitten are especially hilarious). Each carefully crafted component contributes to the story’s mindful message about being true to oneself, present in the moment, and joyful.

Now What? is a happy, bouncy sort of book.

Formats
Hardcover Book Details
  • 10/2021
  • 9781733354820
  • 40 pages
  • $17.95

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