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the OK book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

"One day, I'll grow up to be really excellent at something."

In the meanwhile being ok is fun, a lot of fun. So many things that OK does: skip, climb, roast marshmallows, walk the tightrope. Walk the tightrope? Ok then.

"I like to try a lot of different things."

Smart words, smart illustrations. Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld are an unbeatable team. The fun starts at the first page. A stick figure as a child would draw. But look at it sideways and you see the letters O K.

The words say, "Hi, how are you? I'm OK."

The standard answer to standard the question, or is that the stick figure's name?

Turn the pages slowly. So many activities—is it OK doing them, or are they done Ok?

Hmm. Turn the pages over again. And again. The very last pages: "The end" on the verso, and in smaller letters on the recto the question "Or is it just the beginning?"

Look at the endpapers—front and back. Repeated endlessly is the word boOK. boOk. Very smart.

A fun, fun book that will elicit the cry every writer longs to hear, "Let's read it again."

Title: the OK book

Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers

Hardback: 34 pages

ISBN: 9780061 152559