REVIEW: A Year of Everyday Wonders by Cheryl B. Klein, illustrated by Qin Leng
From first haircut to first ice-cream cone, each year brings a new cycle of experiences
With each new year come countless little wonders. From the highs—first snowfall, first new
umbrella, first beach trip—to the lows—first missed bus, first lost umbrella, first sunburn—
every year older means another cycle of everyday experiences.
In their clever, playful, observant picture book, acclaimed author Cheryl B. Klein and illustrator Qin Leng explore many truths of childhood through a calendar year of small moments that, all together, comprise what it is to be a kid.
It’s the start of a new year. The first wake up call. First waffles. First fight with your brother.
As the year progresses, there are first short sleeves, first missed bus. Ninety-seventh fight with your brother.
First cousin pranks and trips to the beach. First ice cream truck. There are three hundred and eighty four fights with your brother.
Then comes the last snowfall, last stories and last good night. Then the next morning … is the first day of the new year.
I love this book but I do wonder how much young children would stay interested. Maybe it’s more for adults and slightly older children to enjoy. The spare illustrations are so great that I’ve already started looking for other books done by this artist. B+