Briggs, Paul. Catch My Breath. “Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase.” Disney Hyperion, 2017. ISBN 978-148472837-6. $16.99. 48 Pages. Ages 6+. P7 Q8
Digitally created illustrations with black bold lines on white background and splashes of color here and there, create a world where a little boy attempts to determine the actual meaning of the phrases he hears from his mother which contain the word “breath”. How does someone “Catch their breath” or “Grumble under our breath”? The illustrations and the author’s literal interpretation of the phrases are both delightful.
Because of the topic, I don’t feel children will pick up this book on their own, but will have to be introduced to it by an adult. Additionally, because the author is depicting the literal version of the phrase, some children may continue to be confused as to what the phrases actually mean.
Verdict: A good example of idiom beautifully illustrated for elementary schoolers and people of all ages.
May 2018 review by Terri Lippert.