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March 03, 2020
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Take a fantastical journey through an inspiring world where anything can happen: leaves turn into fish, cats fly with wings, humans have tails, frogs eat rainbows, and dreams become visible.

First published in 1995, Sarah Perry’s delightful picture book of “surreal possibilities” was the Getty’s first children’s title. Twenty-five years later it remains a visual feast that children of all ages enjoy.

Reissued to celebrate a remarkable book’s 25th anniversary, this enhanced edition includes new illustrations and a reader’s guide to the secrets of If… and is sure to appeal to a brand-new generation.

Recommended for ages three and up.

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unusual picture book encouraging imagination
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IF... is an imaginative picture book that features artwork imagining impossible scenarios in artwork, with simple text to correspond. For instance, it imagines if cats could fly, showing an image of cats with wings. The book does not go into details of each scenario, but instead shows an illustration of that idea.

What I loved: The book sparks imagination, and the illustrations are really detailed. Some of them are really interesting to view, such as the title image of if fish were leaves or if zebras had stars and stripes. The book really encourages children to imagine the impossible.

What left me wanting more: Some of the pictures are a little horrific, and may be a bit much for some people. For instance, the image of toes as teeth and of mice as hair appear as kind of nightmare scenarios for some people. This may be fine for a lot of audiences, but it is something to be cautious about when diving into.

Final verdict: IF... is a book about imagination and empowers children to think outside the box. Some caution would be encouraged for sensitive readers.
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