Written by Kobi Yamada
Illustrated by Mae Besom
What do you do with an idea? When a young boy asks himself this question, he finds himself facing situations even adults find intimidating. Kobi Yamada’s lovely, thought-provoking reflection on WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA? (Compendium, Inc., 2014) depicts this young boy as he embraces his creativity and nurtures his dreams. The story is magically illustrated by Mae Besom, whose initial illustrations have a muted palette which bursts into vibrant color as the idea erupts into reality. Yamada and Besom take the reader on a touching realization that childhood innocence can be wiser and braver than most will admit. The text and illustrations integrate flawlessly to illuminate the wonder of holding tight to your ideas no matter how far-flung they may seem.
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA? is picture book for children ages 4-8. Get your hands on this treasure. It’s a timeless inspiration for children and adults alike.
Yamada’s text is clever and encouraging. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA? is a solid example of teaching a life lesson without being preachy or heavy handed.
~Annie Cronin Romano