Ideas Are All Around

By STEAD, Philip C.

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ISBN
9781626721814
Publisher
Roaring Brook Neal Porter Bks.


REVIEWS

School Library Journal

Starred Review on January 1, 2016  |  Picture Books

K-Gr 3—What does a writer do when ideas elude him? He allows his adorable canine to tempt him outdoors for a walk. Stead writes in the first person, describing settings and the characters he meets: a turtle he calls Frank, who "makes quick for the dark water and disappears"; ducks who withhold any advice they may have; and a wise friend who expresses the titular opinion. The author's voice is introspective, with a tinge of brooding just under the surface that transforms into quiet wonder when experiencing nature, kindness, and friendship. Arranged as blank ver...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2016

Stead's A Sick Day for Amos McGee (rev. 5/10), illustrated by Erin E. Stead, takes a traditional approach to a work-related challenge: told in the third person, it presents a kindly zookeeper, his concrete problem, and a satisfying solution. Conversely, this book takes a circuitous path (literally) to resolving a job crisis: an author attempts to walk off a case of writer's block. ("I have to write a story today. That is my job...But today I...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2016

An author attempts to walk off writer's block. The suggestion is that the nameless, faceless writer-narrator, who walks with his dog, ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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