Any Questions?

by Marie-Louise Gay

“When I meet children in schools or libraries, I see that nothing has changed.... read more

“When I meet children in schools or libraries, I see that nothing has changed. Children are as curious as ever. They ask me questions all the time…lots and lots of questions!” Marie-Louise Gay creates an author/illustrator visit through the pages of a picture book in this ambitious and informative endeavor that succeeds in part because of the conversational tone of the primary narrative. “If you stare long enough at a blank piece of paper, anything can happen. For example, a blank white page could become a … snowstorm.” This is complemented by her interactions with a fictional class of children who are shown responding to what she’s saying. Some illustrations show the kids, including speech bubble dialogue, while others are the drawings she is creating to engage them. Soon she’s incorporating their ideas into hers, and a collaborative story emerges. Many of the typical questions she gets at school visits are included in a delightful afterword. (Ages 5–9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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