On our most recent trip to the library, we once again found a fabulous book on the New Books shelf. I don't usually go for wordless books, but after a quick look at Chalk by Bill Thomsom, I had to have it. This is the story of a group of kids who go to a park on a rainy day. They find a bag of sidewalk chalk hanging from the mouth of a dinosaur ride, and begin drawing pictures on the ground. They quickly discover that whatever they draw comes to life ~ the sun, the butterflies...and the dinosaur!
Because there are no words, I handed it to C the first evening and told him to read it while I stepped away for a minute. I came back and he was almost done. He loved it! M read it with her daddy that night as well, and they had a lot of fun with the story. I really think this book would appeal to many ages. I know as an adult, I thought it was pretty cool. The illustrations are very sharp and magical ~ especially the page where we see the butterflies starting to emerge from the chalk drawings.
I highly recommend Chalk if you have preschool or elementary aged kids. It's lots of fun! And after reading it, you can go outside and make your own chalk drawings! I wonder if they'll come alive...
This review was written based on a copy of Chalk that I borrowed from the library.