In by Nikki McClure
It’s the perfect day to stay in, in your pajamas, inside the house, even hiding inside a basket with your toy giraffe. A child plays that he is a rocket ship in space. He puts milk in his tea and marmalade in popovers. It’s all about being in for him. But then he looks out the window and decides to play in the rain and in the puddles. He wants to be out, outside, peeking out of branches. He will even stay out at night with the owls. In the end though, he is happy to head back in and get in bed in the warm house.
Simply told and beautifully illustrated, this picture book explores the opposites of in and out in a poetic and vivid way. Woven into the narrative, the words of in and out play against one another and even together to build the experience of a young child at play. Every child will enjoy seeing how they too like the differences between in and out.
McClure’s illustrations are just as wonderful as always. Done in paper cuts, they are detailed enough that one could mistake them for pen and ink at times. The play of white and black against the sunny yellow is beautifully done with the yellow being sunshine, moonlight, and marmalade at times.
A day of play combined with the concepts of in and out will have toddlers and little ones inspired to spend their own days both in and out of the house. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
Reviewed from copy received from Abrams Appleseed.