Review: What Do You Do with an Idea? ~ Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom (Illustrator)

IdeaISBN ~ 978-1938298073
Publisher ~Compendium Inc
No. Of Pages ~ 36 pages
Links ~ Amazon, Barnes & Noble

This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child’s confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens. This is a story for anyone, at any age, who’s ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. It’s a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next. Because your idea isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s just getting started.

4 Thumbs-UpEveryone at some time in their life has been told that an idea they’ve had is going nowhere and to let it go, only to see it realised by someone else further down the road.   This children’s book, aimed at the 4-8 year old age group, takes that and runs with it in a way that a reader of any age can grasp and take onboard.

As we all know though ideas do not go on to become great things on their own, and this book offers a way for parents to talk to their children about how they can nurture and grow their ideas, just like the boy in the book.  This book opens the door for what could be a great discussion between those involved with it, the parent and child or just two like-minded adult readers, and what is there not to like about a conversation that has been set into motion by a book.  .  My reason for the 4 thumbs review is that I just wanted more; I wanted to see what the idea grew into and how it really does take just one person to start making a change.

The Authors idea to give life to an idea was genius and the use of an egg as the idea even more so.  Combine this with simple but beautiful prose and delicate illustrations and you have a perfect example of what you can do with an idea.  It has been a while since I read and reviewed a children’s book, and I am so glad that I picked this one up to read.  This is a book that is all about creativity, giving to wings to soar and caring for it in a world where no one else seems to care.  Another part of the book I really like was the way in which the only colour in the book, at the beginning, was the egg.  As the idea was cared for and grew, this colour started radiating to other parts of the world, until it finally exploded at the end, so even if the words may be difficult for some children to understand, the way in which they were translated in the illustrations would help immensely.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever had an idea and has been told it’s just a ‘dream’.

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