What Do You Do With An Idea?
by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom
Compendium Kids, 2015
Gold Independent Publisher’s Book Award
A young boy has an idea and wonders what to do with it. The new idea is kind of strange and he decides to leave it behind and walks away, but it follows him. The boy worries about what others might think and tries to hide the idea, but the boy feels happier when his idea is around. One day he shows it to others, and indeed they didn’t think much of it. But then he decides it was HIS idea and keeps it. He plays with it until one day his idea became its own, transforming the black-and-white illustrations into full living color. Brilliant! The tale speaks to a child’s inner self and imagination, and gives him or her permission to have, cultivate and grow from the ideas that come into his or her imagination. This tale stays with the reader, like the idea stays with the boy.
A compelling tale told visually with black and white drawings accented with an egg-shaped idea featuring its own brilliant colors. A powerful example of words and illustrations working together.