Friday, January 13, 2017

Ideas Are All Around

Ideas Are All Around. Philip C. Stead. 2016. 48 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Today outside my house the sunflower opened up. "Hello Sunflower!" I planted it from a packet of very old seeds. There were a lot of seeds but only this one grew.

Premise/plot: A writer and his dog, Wednesday, walk their neighborhood together. The writer is supposed to be writing, but is all out of ideas. The dog is a dog eager for a walk regardless of what the writer needs to be doing. Both want OUT. This book celebrates LITTLE MOMENTS. I was going to say it celebrated procrastination, but, that would only be slightly true. It is all about the PRESENT, being in the moment, an awareness of the NOW.

Throughout the book, there are photographs AND illustrations.

My thoughts: Ideas Are All Around is not a great storybook. It isn't. But. If you're looking for a book about prewriting or even journaling this might be a good example. It gives readers a glimpse into one day--just one afternoon--into the life of a writer. Do writers ever run out of ideas? Do writers ever get tired of writing? Do writers ever procrastinate? Do writers ever struggle with getting words on paper?

Text: 2 out of 5
Illustrations: 1 out of 5
Photographs: 4 out of 5
Total: 7 out of 15

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