Book review: All the Animals Where I Live, by Philip C. Stead

Stead, Philip C. All the Animals Where I Live. Roaring Brook Press, 2018. Unpaged. $18.99. ISBN 9781626726567. Ages 4-8. P8Q8.

The author used to live in the city, but moved to the country with his dog Wednesday. This book, in its unhurried and leisurely way, tells us about his environment and the animals who live around him. Stead rambles around the countryside telling us about what he sees- his 90 year old neighbor, who raises turkeys and has a visit from a bear one day, cats, birds, squirrels, insects, and coyotes. He also talks about his toy bear Frederick and the memories it brings to him of his beloved Grandma Jane. I loved the slow pace of the book and the soft illustrations that are a combination of oil ink monoprinting from found objects, and drawing with China marker, bamboo calligraphy brushes, and Sumi ink.

VERDICT: There isn’t really a story, but the dreamy pace might make for a good bedtime story or a good resource when talking to kids about their natural environment and how it makes them feel.

June 2018 review by Carol Schramm.

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