Today’s #picturebook in our “Week of Elly MacKay” is Butterfly Park via @runningpress & Hachette Books Canada. This gorgeous book is the story of a little girl moving from the country to the city. She will miss the greenery and flowers and butterflies of her old home. Next door to her new house however, is a tiny park called Butterfly Park! Excited, she heads in only to find there isn’t a single butterfly within. Soon she has her entire neighbourhood engaged in pursuing butterflies to find what they love–flowers! And when she brings flowers to Butterfly park, her neighbours join her to garden and create a lush, butterfly paradise making the little girls new house finally feel like home.
The beautiful colours and light play in this book capture the magic of childhood chases and the extraordinary magic of nature’s prettiest colours. The final garden is a gatefold so large it reached the very edges of my little studio to photograph and the inside cover comes off to reveal a poster of all the flowers needed to make your own “butterfly garden”.
A beautiful book to share with your smalls. Recommended 2+up. Stayed tuned for Friday when we’ve teamed up with the wonderful Elly MacKay for a giveaway!
This imaginative picture book about how long and boring a road trip can feel to a child is bursting with colourful, humourous details as the hero’s car travels backwards and forwards in time. The book must be read upside down as it goes backwards only to speed far into the future where Grandma’s birthday is long over.
The beautiful message at the end is that nothing is more precious than the present.
Dan Santant is a talented illustrator with a lot of experience under his belt. His previous picture book Beekle won him a Caldecott medal and he created the disney animated series The Replacements. Are We There Yet? feels like a movie, bursting and busy.
I’m recommending it for five years and up as it’s meaty and poignant and not for the very small smalls in our lives. A great picture book upwards and onwards though with lots of room to chat and discover. The explosive illustration style reminds me of the very best Robert Munsch stuff, contagious and accessible to the child in us all.
Thanks Hachette Canada for sending me this delightful read!