I’m really excited to be part of a book book tour for If I Was the Sunshine this week!
In a back-and-forth narration, a you and an I share the ways they are connected. On the page with a worm eyeing an apple, the lines read, “if i was an apple / and you were a worm / you’d call me lunch.” The following page, showing the worm wiggling its way into the apple reads, “and i’d call you squirm.” Earth’s grandeur and simplicity are captured in this rhythmic title.
Long’s stunning acrylic paintings complement perfectly Fogliano’s language, poetic and transcendent. Here are a view of the beautiful spreads:
Some of the book’s spreads that are not as related explicitly to the others will leave readers craving Banyai’s Zoom. Some young readers may become confused by some of the word choice, and those who gravitate toward more traditional plot lines may be underwhelmed.
A book that will wow with its illustrations and powerful message of connectedness, If I was the Sunshine earns four stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️