Red Wagon by Renata Liwska
Lucy has a bright-red new wagon that she wants to play with so badly. When she asks her mother though, her mother sends her on an errand to the market. Lucy takes her red wagon to help her, but isn’t sure that it sounds like much fun. On the way, Lucy and her friends have great imaginary adventures that include surviving a flood, being part of a wagon train, performing in a circus, and flying in a rocket. By the time she gets back to her mother, Lucy is tuckered out completely but finally is free to play with her wagon.
Liwska is the artist behind The Quiet Book and The Loud Book. This book is her first as both author and illustrator. One could never tell that she hasn’t been writing books for children for some time. She has just the right amount of text per page, clever pacing, and humor to spare. It is all done from a child’s point of view with a child’s voice, making it very charming.
Her art is stellar with its spiraling lines that create soft textures. There are small touches throughout that add humor and fun to the story. I particularly like the three-eyed raccoon in the UFO when they are pretending to rocket into space.
A clever, warm book about helping out and still having fun, this book celebrates the joy of a vivid imagination. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from copy received from Philomel Books.