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We love this short but sweet review from Kirkus of our book about imagination, The Name Game! Check it out below!

“Nothing like an unusual game to transform a boring day into a fun one!

An Asian-presenting child with light skin and straight dark hair is bored. “There’s no one to play with…and nothing to do,” the child exclaims, lying upside down on the couch with crossed arms, surrounded by art supplies, toys, and more. A magpie taps at the window and catches the child’s attention, beginning an unusual series of interactions that lead to a naming game. At the jaunty behest of the magpie, the child names him the Diamond Dodger; a nearby tree is named the Emerald Queen, and a crimson butterfly earns the appellation Ruby King. The game continues outdoors as the child explores the neighborhood with a grown-up and says, “Everything, everyone, needs its own name!” Laird’s lively, bouncy text conveys the child’s newfound enthusiasm for a game that lets them think of clever names and pairs well with Holden’s vibrant and varied palette. Each spread contains details big and small that will encourage young readers to think up their own names. The endpapers even display a patchwork of flora and fauna that can be found in the spreads that follow. The perspective shifts are noticeable and dramatic, ranging from distant landscape scenes to big close-ups of the child’s face. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A satisfying story that just might spark ideas among explorers of all ages. (Picture book. 4-8)”


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