Both simple and profound, Which Would You Rather Be? was celebrated author/artist William Steig's recent triumph of humor and creativity-a charming, game-like picture book illustrated by the renowned illustrator Harry Bliss. The duo could not have been more perfectly matched!
Now in paperback, Bliss′ warm, accessible art and Steig's winning way with words make this book a treasure for any child.
Ages 3 - 5
|Product dimensions:||10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.00(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
William Steig's drawings appeared regularly in The New Yorker since 1930. He also wrote and illustrated books for children, most recently his memoir, When Everybody Wore a Hat. His other books include Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, winner of the Caldecott Medal; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book; and Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books; Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa; Pete's A Pizza; and Zeke Pippin.
New York Times bestselling artist Harry Bliss is a cartoonist and cover artist for the New Yorker magazine. He is the author and illustrator of Bailey and Luke on the Loose and the illustrator of A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech, Which Would You Rather Be? by William Steig, Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, and Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo. His self-titled single panel gag cartoon Bliss appears in newspapers internationally. He lives in New Hampshire. You can visit him online at www.harrybliss.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
very cute. The toddlers I used to teach would have loved this book. It would have been fun talking about which they'ed rather be after each page. I can only imagine their funny little responses. This would be a fun class book to make, each student could make a page or two with two different things on it, you could require the two things to rhyme too. Of course this would have to be done with elementary age, kindergarten could do it too. I like how the rabbit pulles everything out of his magic hat then asked which would you rather be?
Fun rendering of the age-old game of binary choice.
Mommy Bookworm's Thoughts: Until I read information about the author, I didn't know he was the creator of Shrek. I read one review online that mentioned it's odd to have him be the author here instead of the illustrator since he was an artist. I think the concept of the book is cute since the rabbit is the one pulling things out of the top hat instead of the humans. However, I feel there is no real point to the book. I guess it is just to get kids thinking of what they prefer, but there's no real story to the book other than just asking question upon question upon question - and the kids in the story don't even answer all of them. The illustrations are VERY colorful and fun though! As I noted above, the reading level is 4-8 years old, but Barnes & Noble has a note saying it's for infants and preschoolers. I believe that it would be a fun book for younger children because of the illustrations and big words, but children would definitely have to be older in order to actually read the book. Dahlia Bookworm's Thoughts: I liked the book because it was funny. The book was interesting because it had weird-looking pictures. The pictures looked funny. Daisy Bookworm's Thoughts: I could easily read this book by myself. I like the part where the kids say they'll have to think about whether they'd want to be together or alone. I also think the part where the bunny asked if you'd rather be rain or snow was funny because one is liquid and one is solid and I thought it was funny because they were opposites. I also like the pictures and all the colors.