Here and Now
Julia Denos, ILLUSTRATED BY E. B. GOODALE
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019
Explore identity and connection, inspire curiosity, and prompt engaging discussions about the here and now.
“The ink and watercolor images complement the text beautifully, with close-ups and panoramic views shifting to cozy vignettes, all emphasizing the focus on emotional connection between characters.
Readers will find themselves returning for a thoughtful moment again and again.” Read full review here.
Kirkus (starred review)
“Goodale’s mixed-media illustrations gain delicacy from fluid touches of line in face and surroundings, but they’re also robust (the scenes of city life are comfortably lively, with details that will repay thoughtful attention) and playful (the mise en abyme scene of Mom holding this book open to the spread of Mom holding this book open to the spread, etc., will tickle viewers’ brains). It’s a different approach to the theme than Portis’ thoughtful Now (BCCB 7/17); both books offer a kid-centered take on mindfulness that should encourage budding philosophers, scientists, and questioners.”
BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS (starred review)
“Plainspoken text ripples throughout, prompting the reader to consider what lies “under your bum, under your feet” and what is occurring elsewhere (“Rain is forming in the belly of a cloud”; “A friend you haven’t met yet is sitting down to dinner”). And Goodale’s comfortable mixed-media illustrations, both self-referential and communally inclusive, extend the idea that many occurrences make up a moment in the world.” Read full review here.
publisher’s weekly (starred review)
“Goodale’s soft, gentle illustrations are as subtle as the abstract message, encouraging a focus better suited for more mature children. The subtle, often reflective illustrations reinforce the message. Though some children may overlook the smaller details on the page, or not know what a fossil is, there is a great deal to ponder. VERDICT A unique glimpse of what can be appreciated separate from what we see in front of us, and a topic worthy of a follow-up lesson.”
school library journal
“The illustrations are striking, with bold and muted colors painted with ink and watercolor as well as textures created by monoprinting and digital collage. A strength of this book is the diversity of the people depicted—a variety of ages, abilities, body shapes, and skin tones are included. The simple lines that draw attention to everyday phenomena, such as rain forming in the belly of a cloud and grass pushing up through cement, could serve as inspiration for a poetry writing unit.” Read full review here.