Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a nice rhyming picture book.
The Night Parade
by Johnny DePalma
Illustrated by Kyle Brown
42 pages – ages 6+
Published by Umbrelly Books on September 14, 2015
Theme/Topic- Dreaming/following your dreams
Genre- Realistic Fiction
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “There’s a man who travels ’round the world
each and every night.
You’ll hear him marching down the street
just slightly out of sight.”
Synopsis: “DePalma’s latest rhyming masterpiece, The Night Parade, has the distinct feeling of an instant classic. With stunning illustrations by Kyle Brown that beautifully capture and blend the orchestrated chaos and whimsy of a world where dreams and nightmares run free. This simple, yet elegant tale reminds both the young, and the young at heart, that our dreams are always out there, waiting for us to find them.“
What I Thought- This was a nice picture book, and I liked the fantastical sense created by the illustrations. It makes it all seem surreal. I enjoyed Mr. DePalma’s rhyme, and thought it flowed rather well. I enjoyed the message it also (subtly) relayed – about following our dreams. It is a good book for a read-aloud, and would be great for a classroom or a bedtime-story. The illustrations enhance the quiet whimsical story, and kids will like to look at them while reading. I think that the book is unique in its idea, and is executed flawlessly. It is a slightly longer picture book, but that just gives you more time to enjoy the story.
Activities and Resources- There is a good collection of activities HERE at LifeDreams, which is a part of Legacy Project. It encourages/supports following your dreams and other personal development.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!