ARE WE THERE YET? by Dan Santat is an inventive picture book that explores the age old question “are we there yet?”.
When a young boy becomes bored on a long road trip to his grandmother’s birthday party, he imagines that time goes so slow that it begin flowing backwards. Along the way he sees pirates, knights, camels, and even dinosaurs. However, soon the story shifts to the future.
Careful readers will spot QR codes that can be read by electronic devices. These codes lead to secret messages. Young readers will also notice small things like the way the parent’s clothing changes and his dad’s beard grows as time flies. Children will also enjoy the play on the word “present” at the end of the story.
Librarians will find that the illustrator’s use of upside down pages will be a hit with children. Buy multiple copies of this book because it will fly off the shelves.
To learn more about the author, go to http://www.dantat.com/
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint go Hachette. ARC courtesy of the publisher.