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Monday, July 10, 2017

I Wrote You A Note, by Lizi Boyd. Chronicle Books, Raincoast. 2017. $23.99 ages 4 and up

"I wrote you a note.
Did you find it?

Duck found the note.
She made a dock so her
ducklings could rest.

They ruffled their
wet feathers. Then
they paddled away."

Please look carefully at the gorgeous spreads Lizi Boyd has created for her new book before you ever read her text. If you know her work, you are sure to be an admirer of the wordless worlds she has created in Flashlight (Chronicle, 2014) and Inside Outside (Chronicle, 2013). She is an accomplished artist whose books tell lively stories without need for words in the telling. So, begin with the wondrous illustrations, and move on to the storytelling for this one. You are sure to be charmed.

It seems simple, but there is much to enjoy on this written note's journey. You will meet some thoroughly enjoyable characters as the note itself meanders from place to place, always catching attention. The journey is filled with twists and turns, not the least of which is the final one which puts the note in the best place of all.

Along the way, the note is noticed by a group of familiar wild animals. Each one finds a perfect way to use the note, before it moves on to further adventure.  The gouache illustrations, with backgrounds in cool hues, are filled with lively details sure to appeal and to hold attention as the book is shared. Each page connects quietly to the next, making it a joyful experience for all.

It is a brilliant read-aloud, as well as a book that beginning readers will treasure for its repetitive language and engaging storyline. A gentle homage to the natural world, to being curious about the creatures within it, to the joys of writing and note-making, and to sharing adventure with a friend.

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