Monday, March 20, 2017
Picture Book Pick: Tidy
By Emily Gravett
Illustration by the author
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Charming and intelligent, Tidy is a keeper. Pete the badger likes everything tidy. He is the Felix Unger of the forrest. He does not like dust, leaves, twigs, detritus. He goes on a cleaning frenzy tidying his ecosystem. Illustrations of Pete's concrete jungle show readers how a forrest can be killed. What Pete discovers is that messy in a forrest is a beneficial thing. Nature needs "messes" to keep the balance of the system. Pete learns a valuable lesson and makes friends with his forrest neighbors.
Winsome animal illustrations capture each animal's personality. Pete himself is precious, even when he wields a vacuum cleaner on the folio page. The strong message of keeping wild spaces wild will capture a new audience inspired to save nature.
Highly, highly recommend ages preschool to all grades. The message is inspiring. Emily Gravett amazes.