If Kids Ruled the World

 
Linda Bailey
David Huyck
 

This original, fun picture book delightfully describes, in hilarious detail, a small child's idea of utopia. Every two-page spread offers something new about this fantasy life, including, “If kids ruled the world, every day would be your birthday! Birthday cake would be good for you. Your doctor would say, 'Don't forget to eat your birthday cake so you'll grow up strong and healthy!'” And, “You could go to any kind of school you like ... Circus School. Fairy School. Inventing School. Lots of kids would go to Recess School.” The topics that bestselling, award-winning author Linda Bailey has chosen are pitch-perfect for young children, from bedtime and baths (none!) to pets and tree houses (lots!). And illustrator David Huyck's detailed, brightly hued artwork is full of energy, joy and humor that gets right to the heart of a child's view of the world.

While this is a book that would happily be enjoyed from cover to cover, it's not hard to envision an enthralled child spending long stretches of time daydreaming about one particular scenario. In the classroom, this book would make an excellent springboard for art projects or creative writing assignments that explore children's own unique image of the perfect world. Particularly gratifying is the emphasis throughout on sharing all the good things brought to life in a world of a child's own making. This book is a truly exuberant celebration of childhood, play and imagination. It's sure to become a classic.

978-1-55453-591-0 | Sep 1, 2014
List Price: USD $16.95, CAD $18.95
4-color 8 1/2 x 11 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7

Educational Resources

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Awards & Reviews

“From the expected to the surreal, Bailey imagines a world where kids make the rules ... The reminder to play at all ages is important ...”
— Kirkus Reviews, June 2014
“This warm piece of speculative fiction is tailor-made for both circle-time reading and spurring class projects. Bailey's (the Stanley series) what-ifs run the gamut.”
— Publishers Weekly, July 2014
“Thanks to the joyful artwork and a text that unapologetically indulges every kid's wish for things like a personal castle and Recess School, this is a surefire winner.”
— School Library Journal, October 2014
“The vibrant illustrations and spirit of imagination will make this a delightful reading experience for young readers. The story is fun, and the illustrations are wonderful.”
— CM Magazine, November 2014
“This story would be great for story time readings, as it comes with great pictures to help spur on the imagination.”
— Resource Links, February 2015
2016 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Winner
2015 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice, Winner
2014 - 2014 OLA Best Bet List for Children, OLA's Canadian Materials Committee, Winner

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