As soon as I heard about Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse, by Marcy Campbell, I pre-ordered it. I could tell this book was going to be right up my alley. And it was!
In the first place, I couldn't wait to go on this thematic journey. The story is about the freedom of imagination, the effects of socio-economic status on kids, and putting yourself in someone else's shoes. It's thematically rich.
In the second place, the book is illustrated by Corinna Luyken, author-illustrator of the unique and intriguing The Book of Mistakes. And it (brilliantly!) uses NEGATIVE SPACE to represent Adrian's imaginary horse.
To her credit, Chloe is willing to remain open to possible explanations she hasn't thought of yet--answers that bloom in the beautiful imagination of Adrian Simcox.
I love this book because it will make kids think. I love it because it makes ME think. I am sometimes judgmental (like Chloe), because I don't have enough information to be able to imagine someone else's perspective and unique life challenges. I appreciate this book, and wish for more like it in the world. Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse is the kind of book that can make the world a better place.