Imagine you are a writer and you just can’t think of anything to write about. What do you do? You take your dog for a walk through the neighborhood, of course! And wouldn’t you know, by the end of this quiet, unassuming book, Philip Stead has found a lot to write about without even thinking about it. It’s an ordinary day as Stead and his dog Wednesday set out, and along the way they greet old friends, a turtle named Frank, his friend Barbara, people on the street who stop to pet Wednesday, a variety of birds and a sky full of clouds. By the end, the “ghosts” of the things they saw and talked about that day follow them home and together they “take a walk on the page.”
I just loved this book, the simplicity of the story, the idea that there ARE ideas all around us even if we don’t see them at first, plus the lovely illustrations interspersed with photos that help tell the story. We should all have a day like this one!
–Sue, Paulina Springs Books, Sisters, OR