King Alice by Matthew Cordell. PICTURE BOOK. Fewer and Friends (Macmillan), 2018. $18. 9781250047496
BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3) - OPTIONAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
On a snow day, Alice has a lot of big ideas for what they can do with the time, but her dad is less than enthusiastic about most of the options. Alice, self-declared King Alice, settles on making a book as a family. The book they make is part of this picture book and the pages jump back and forth between the narrative of their day and the narrative of their family reflected as medieval characters in Alice’s book.
I realize that this illustrator won the Caldecott Medal for his work, but I found the illustrations too busy given that the lines of the drawings are messy and in a rough sketch style. The story is fun, as we can all identify with a day at home in which kids want to be entertained and parents want to take it easy, but it is hard to read aloud because of the book inside of the book.
Jen Wecker, HS English Teacher