Saturday, March 19, 2011

What Is That Thing?

Kevin McNamee sent me a PDF of his new picture book, What Is That Thing, for review. The book is about a girl named Jenna who has a big imagination. Since I was (and still am on the inside) a kid like that I can certainly identify with her as she goes from outer space, through a fairy tale castle, and into a jungle while her mother expects her to help out.
But Jenna must face reality. That strange thing in her house is a new baby sister and the baby is real. Kids in similar situations will probably enjoy this book a lot. My one complaint about is that brand-new babies don't smile, but otherwise McNamee has done a great job of capturing what the experience of having a new sibling can be like.
Illustrator K.C. Snider provided colorful pictures that show both Jenna's imaginary adventures and the real world in a cute way.

10 comments:

Nancy Stewart said...

Yes, new sibs can, and usually, are a real adjustment! This is a great topic--and so needed.

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thanks, Nancy.

Nicole weaver said...

This book sounds like a real winner. I am sure tons of parents and grandparents will enjoy reading it to their young ones. Thanks for sharing.

Nicole Weaver
http://mysisterismybestfriend.blogspot.com
http://marieandherfriendtheseaturtle.blogspot.com

Margot Finke said...

Imagination is always a wonderful thing, but coming back to reality can be painful for some kids. Kevin's new book sounds as if it will be a big help in case of a bumpy landing. Congrats!!

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Janet Ann Collins said...

Thanks, Nicole and Margot.

Kevin McNamee said...

Thanks Jan for reviewing my book and thank you all for your kind words. I do have to respectfully disagree with you that newborns don't smile though. My daughter did, and it looks like she had plenty of company.

http://www.parentsconnect.com/questions/newborn_actual_smile.jhtml

Thanks again.

Regards,

Kevin

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thanks to everyone for the comments.

Kevin, I stand corrected. New baby smiles may be unusual, but they're not unheard of.

Connie Arnold said...

Thanks for sharing the review, Jan. Sounds like a cute book that can be helpful as well.

Susanne Drazic said...

Sounds like a cute book. I'm sure it will help kids who have to deal with new siblings in the house.

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thanks, Connie and Suzanne.