Book Review: It’s Your World Now
It’s Your World Now
Written and illustrated by Barry Falls
Published by Pavilion Books
Publication date: 2nd May 2019
Summary (from Goodreads):
So go and play and live and learn.
It’s your world now, this is your turn
to think and ask and make and do.
The world is magic, just like you!
A beautiful and funny celebration of the world and the potential of each and every child. This is the perfect book to read out loud – helping children to appreciate the wonderful things that exist in the world, and the great things that they can do, as well as allowing them to understand some of the setbacks that may happen. And whatever happens, the child is reassured that their parents will always love them.
Barry Falls’ debut picture book is a brilliantly-illustrated, funny and thought-provoking celebration of where you might go and what you might do in life.
“Little one, come walk with me,
there is so much for us to see,
and I will tell you, as we go,
some things a little one should know.”
First impressions: I had to pick this up as soon as I spotted it in the bookshop because I was immediately attracted by the title, bright colours and the illustration-style. After flicking through a few pages I went straight to the till, only hesitating over whether I should buy one copy or get a few more!
This is a beautiful book which would make the perfect present for a young baby or new parents, accompanied by Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers and Oh the places you’ll go by Dr Seuss, both of which this riffs off in the rhyming text and the illustration style. That is in no way a criticism, but instead part of which made me love this book so much!
With a baby on the way next month, I have found myself reading books like these and imagining reading them with my future child. Like all parents, of course, I want the best for my child and I really hope to be able to bring them up to believe that they can be and do anything they like, as long as they’re willing to put the effort in.
A real winner of a book which should be on every child’s bookcase!
What I liked: Art style, the messages being sent for children, including the acknowledgement that not everything will go to plan!
Even better if: Couldn’t be improved
How you could use it in your classroom: This would be a lovely book to read with your class at the end of the year, before they move up a year group. I would also love to use this as inspiration to have the children create advice for their younger selves, siblings or the children moving up into their year group.
What did other people think?
Andrea Reece @ LoveReading4Kids said:
“The artwork is contemporary but the message is timeless and it’s an excellent book for parent and child to share.”
Hannah @ Hannah’s Bookshelf said:
“Overall, this is such a heart lifting story about how we should encourage children to reach for the stars but know that if they should stumble, there will always be love to catch them.”
Katie @ Katie Reviews Books said:
“Sharing the utmost love between parents and their children, the book reveals beautiful illustrated landscapes.”
While you’re here, why not check out my reviews of Stuck, Leap!, The Dictionary of Difficult Words, Colour of People, My First Book of Gymnastics, It’s a No-Money Day, Mira’s Curly Hair, Argyle Fox, Together We Can, Herstory, The Last Tree or Dragon Dancer?
Thanks for reading!