Awake Beautiful Child

Author(s): Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Picture Books

New York Times best-selling picture-book author Amy Krouse Rosenthal teams with McSweeney's regular Gracia Lam to tell the sweet, simple story of a young child's typical day—from morning to bedtime. Each scene is described in three-word "ABC" phrases, such as "Awake Beautiful Child." Secret "ABC" scenes hidden throughout the artwork—as a secondary "seek and find" game of sorts—will encourage multiple readings and reward close-looking. An ideal read-aloud book to read just after waking or just before bed.


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"Beginning with a morning stretch and ending with a flick of the bedroom light switch, readers follow various children in their daily routines. The entire text is composed of three-word phrases that begin with the consecutive letters A, B, and C. Some are simple lists: "Apples, Bananas, Cantaloupes" at the breakfast table, or "Ants, Butterflies, Caterpillars" during a walk. But others are beautiful reminders ("Always Be Curious") or silly words of wisdom ("Avoid BlinkingCheese!" during a photograph). "Kirkus" "Rosenthal again demonstrates her ability to use wordplay to create stories with real emotional depth as she follows children through a day, described only in three-word, A-B-C phrases... Illustrator Lam s debut couldn t be more polished and confident: her palette seems to shift with the day s waxing and waning light, while her crisp, screenprintlike images have an understated poise and precision that highlights the quiet magic of everyday moments. "Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "Inspirational""Booklist""

Amy Krouse Rosenthal creates books for children (such as this one), books for adults (such as "Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life"), and tiny films (such as "The Beckoning of Lovely"). She lives on a tree-lined street with her family in Chicago. Gracia Lam is an illustrator born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto, Canada. She likes to reinvent everyday objects and mundane environments. This is her first children's book.

General Fields

  • : 9781938073922
  • : McSweeney's
  • : McSweeney's Publishing
  • : November 2015
  • : February 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • : 32