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Author: Karen Kilpatrick
Illustrators: Tara Louise Campbell & Matthew Wilson
Publisher: Nina Charles Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-938447-19-8

“Everything looks so pretty! I really like this game. Things look very different … but they’re still just the same,” Karen Kilpatrick rhymes in her children’s book, Imagine.

This thirty-two-page hardbound targets preschool to second graders who enjoy books about imagination. With no profanity or scary scenes, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers based on some complicated words.

In this simple book, the unnamed characters from different ethnic backgrounds are given the opportunity to change things by using their imaginations. While one pretends he can fly, another acts like a shark, television star, or baker. With a magical wand, the children change the scenery and colors around them as they ride rainbows, swing on stars, and bounce on clouds. With fun and fantasy, they realize that even though they change items to different colors, they remain the same, just like them.

By prompting changing colors or objects’ characteristics, the book shows imagination is endless. After the story, there are each named characters’ one-line ideas and four tips to spark imagination that are helpful. The full-color, full-page drawings are expressive and easy to understand.

I could not find anything negative in this book that focuses on examining imagination. Some may not like the rhyming format, but I found it simplistic enough to understand for a preschooler.

Attorney and award-winning author, Kilpatrick created the Pumpkinheads series that focuses on social and emotional development. She lives in Florida with her three children. Artist Campbell has spent twenty years as a digital artist. Wilson is an animator who has worked for two well-known animation companies.

Wishing there were more books on the market like these, I think it is important to stimulate young ones to be creative and think outside the box. This is a nice set containing nine books to date.

If you are looking for a charming children’s series that promotes creativity in young ones, this one on imagination is a keeper.

Thanks to Bookpleasures and KSB Promotions for offering this book to review for my honest opinion.