In her room, one little girl can be anything she wants to be and go anywhere she wishes to go, all with the power of her imagination (and paper, markers, and crayons, of course!). She can go on safari or sail the seven seas. She can be a doctor, teacher, or high-powered businesswoman. The sky’s the limit! And when the day is over, she can become a little girl again, safe in her room. Like the classic Where the Wild Things Are, this latest addition to the Growing Hearts series celebrates imagination as a means to try on different identities and work through difficult emotions, all while having fun.
The Growing Hearts series celebrates the milestones of a toddler’s emotional development, from conquering fears and expressing feelings to welcoming a new sibling.
About the Author
Jo Witek and Christine Roussey are the author/illustrator team of Hello in There!,In My Heart, Brave As Can Be, and All My Treasures. They live in France.
A child's imagination is a wonderful thing, and in recognition of this fact, there is no lack of picture books that delve into a youngster's world of fantasy.What makes this one different is the format. Designed to be rotated 90 degrees to read, with thick pages that turn toward readers, each spread depicts a new imaginary scene via a series of graduated and mitered panels like colored tab folders. In first-person voice an ebullient girl asserts, "In my room, I can go anywhere I want to, and be anything I want to be. All I need is paper, crayons, chalk…and my imagination!" Her scrawling drawings evoke her pretend worlds in subsequent spreads as explorer, princess, writer, sailor, swimmer, bride, veterinarian, and rock star. The girl's black-and-white line figure sports a red hair bow, paper-white skin, and rosy cheeks, with appropriate accessories for each pretend role. As explorer, two horizontal lines of red on each cheek evoke "war paint," although the colander on her head confuses easy associations. Lots of white space effectively focuses attention on the girl, and swirls of crayon colors lend an aura of childlike spontaneity. The latest in Witek and Roussey's Growing Hearts series (All My Treasures, 2016, etc.), this is a room full of appeal. A clever acknowledgement of the importance of imaginative play.