A Lyrical Picture Book That Celebrates the Everyday
By Betsy Snyder
Random House Books for Young Readers, $9.99, 32 pages
“You be my jelly,
I’ll be your peanut butter-
Let’s stick together!”
In this gorgeous, poetic picture book, I Haiku You by Betsy Snyder, simple, everyday pleasures are celebrated in artfully crafted haikus. Whether it’s a bird singing at dawn or an icy, cold popsicle at the beach, Snyder perfectly captures these moments of pure joy and affection. Her watercolor illustrations beautifully depict children at work and play in a style that is sparse and elegant filled with vibrant blue and red tones. Each haiku is a stand-alone ode to something in a child’s life that brings love or happiness. The type of love and affection depicted is also striking. From romantic love to the deep affection for a favorite stuffed animal, Snyder covers a wide scope of childhood adoration in its many forms. This picture book is perfect for anyone looking for a break from narrative driven children’s books and would like to share the satisfaction of an artfully crafted haiku with their child.
Reviewed by Kristin Leigh