The Perfect Seat
The Perfect Seat
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Catalog Number: #193131
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Hyperion
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 32
Availability: Pre-Order Now (Available: 11/12/19)
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 1-368-02004-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-368-02004-6
Dewey: E
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Reading aloud is a wonderful shared activity for a father and child. But what or where is the best chair?Dapper papa moose, dressed in a fedora and sweater, agrees to read a story to his young one. But then the quest begins for the best setting. Size, condition, texture, type, and location all present problems. They are about to give up when a picture-perfect location is found under a tree in an urban park. Lê's little story, a sort of metafictive prequel to the act children and caregivers are engaging in in reading this very book, is delightfully presented. Gordon's watercolor, pencil, crayon, and collage illustrations in soft shades of greens, browns, and grays illustrate each of the possibilities with gentle humor. Each opposing possibility is presented on a page or sometimes two, subtly controlling the pacing: "Too Funky. / Too Fancy" or "Too Old. / Too New." Readers will find themselves lingering over the choices. Some of the options are familiar: "Too Big. / Too Small" (an imposing and far-from-cozy sofa; a fire hydrant). Some are less so: "Too Rough. // Too Slippery" (a bumpy bicycle ride; a slide in the park). A street map of the town on the endpapers, including its trees and lakes, along with a music-loving squirrel add to the fun.There's more to storytime between a parent and child than book selection. Closeness and comfort certainly count. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Kirkus Reviews
Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-K
This child and their parent are almost ready for story time--but first, they must find the perfect seat! This cozy picturebook by Drawn Together author Minh Lê takes readers through various opposites ("Too rough! Too slippery!") as his characters search for just the right spot. Adorable art by acclaimed illustrator Gus Gordon invites adults and children to giggle all the way through to the heartwarming ending, when the answer falls right into their laps.

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