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What If... ?

by Anthony Browne

Hardcover, 32 pages

Published by Candlewick (2014-08-05)

List Price: $16.99

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Amazon Description

Young worriers will relate to — and be comforted by —this tale of a boy’s anxiety as he heads to his first big party.

What if Joe doesn’t like the party he’s going to? What if he doesn’t like the food or the games or the people? As Joe and his mom walk down the darkening street, Joe’s imagination starts to run wild. And as they search for the right place, he wonders “what if . . .” at each house, peeking in to see some surprising sights. From the award-winning former British Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne comes a picture book whose slyly bewitching setup unfolds to a reassuring ending.

One Potato Review

Soulful and surreal. New in town, a boy and his mother go out searching for the address that appears on a birthday party invitation, and the windows they peek into are all sufficiently menacing to make you wonder if the boy isn’t right and they shouldn’t just forget the whole idea. There’s a creepy old couple sitting around in an apartment decorated with space travel tchotchkes, Breugelish brawlers, wriggling snakes, and a roomful of overgrown jockeys (it looks like) playing cards and feasting on worms, among other unidentifiables. A routinely cheerful outcome never quite outruns the oddities here, and thank goodness for that. With a graceful wisp of pathos at the end that marks this as pure Browne, flying gorillas or not.   

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