Ideas Are All Around (Hardcover)

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I'll be honest with you, I'm a sucker for anything with a dog on the cover. When I opened this picture book, however, I was immediately blown away by the mixed media inside. Combining photographs, pencil drawings, and paintings, Stead illustrates a day in which he takes his dog Wednesday for a walk because he has no ideas to write about. Perfect for kindergarten through second grade, Ideas Are All Around is sure to capture your imagination!

Heather H.


As an author and his dog, Wednesday, walk through their neighborhood, they look at sunflowers, say hi to Frank, a turtle, who makes quick for the water and disappears, and watch a train rumble by as they walk uphill to a big purple house that belongs to their friend Barbara. Wednesday chases squirrels while the two friends discuss fishing and war and how back before the neighborhood was there enormous woolly mammoths roamed where houses now sit.

Thoughts open up to other thoughts, and ideas are born and carried forward, often transforming into other ideas until he finds that ideas really are all around, you just have to know what to do with them. This title has Common Core connections.

About the Author

PHILIP C. STEAD is the author of the Caldecott Medal winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee, also named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2010 and a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2010, illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead (A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, 2010).  Philip, also an artist, both wrote and illustrated his debut Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast (Roaring Brook Press, 2009), which was applauded by School Library Journal for “its wry humor and illustrations worthy of a Roald Dahl creation.”  Philip lives with Erin in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Praise For…

“The art is glorious, creatively mixing small photographs—presented as Polaroids—with ink and watercolor paintings… a provocative, artful journey.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“In all, Stead has given readers a deeply felt, deeply connected story that is homage to creation—and really quite brilliant.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The multimedia artwork…is amazing, with photographs, collage etchings, and splatter art (example: a blue splash of paint transforms into a horse) mingling across vibrant spreads.”—Booklist, starred review

“Stead’s bits and pieces of drawing and observation, his willingness to lay bare his uncertainty, and his rough sketches of the natural world don’t form a polished or seamless whole. Yet their very fragmentariness tells an important truth about the way artists begin to create.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"It will reward those receptive to the notion that the world speaks to those who
listen."—The Horn Book

Product Details
ISBN: 9781626721814
ISBN-10: 1626721815
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Pages: 48
Language: English