Today Caramel reviews Somewhere, Right Now, a 2022 picture book written by Kerry Docherty and illustrated by Suzie Mason. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
The book bunnies received this book as a review copy.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, tell us a bit about this book.
Caramel: This book is about a girl named Alma who is scared and then her mom helps her by making her think of some nice thing happening somewhere right now. Then her brother gets mad, and then Alma helps him the same way. Then the father is sad and then the mom is overwhelmed, and they all help one another, all the same way.
S: So it is about a family who has a lot of small disappointments through their day and they support each other through it all?
C: Yes, pretty much. And I really like how they do it. They think about how somewhere there is something nice going on.
S: So having some perspective about things, that life might be upsetting in some ways for you right now, but look at the big picture: somewhere something good is happening. It’s like that?
C: Yes. For example there is a happy giraffe and a mommy whale and a baby whale and so on.
S: So it is almost like a game, right? If you are not feeling good about your life right now, say you are sad or angry, or disappointed or something, you can think about something nice. I like the idea. Almost like Pollyanna and her glad game. So let us think about something happening somewhere right now that could help us smile.
C: In the book there is a baby horse learning to walk. That made me smile.
S: Yes, me too! But I want you to come up with something yourself. Can you imagine something like that that could help you feel better?
C: Okay, so I’ll “close my eyes and imagine that somewhere, right now” … a bunny is getting sleepy and snuggling near his mommy.
S: Hmm, I think I know exactly where that bunny is!
C: Yes you do. Sitting right next to you.
S: Okay. I think that our readers might find that smile-worthy. I do. Let me try too. I’ll “close my eyes and imagine that somewhere, right now” … there is a beautiful sunrise over a green bay.
C: I like that!
S: So what did you think about the illustrations in the book?
C: I think they are cute. I especially like the baby horse learning to walk.
S: True. This is a really sweet book all around. I also thought the family members looked like one another, but not completely. So they could really be a family, don’t you think?
C: Yes. I agree. And the girl Alma has a little brother Jack. Like Marshmallow has me.
S: Yes, that is true too. Did you know there is a song to accompany this book?
C: No! Can we listen to it?
S: Sure. I will also embed it here:
S: The song makes me think of the times we have been stuck at home and got really bored and frustrated. At such times, we could have played the “somewhere, right now” game and imagine something good happening somewhere.
C: Now we can. Hey, I have another one! Somewhere, right now, I think a baby polar bear might be playing with his mommy. Or maybe sleeping next to her because it is actually kind of late.
S: I see you are trying to send me a signal Caramel.
S: This book made me want to snuggle too. I think it is a very good book for snuggling with one’s favorite little bunny and reading together.
C: Yes. I think so too. How about we do just that?
S: I think we might. But before that, tell me three words to describe the book.
C: Colorful, happy, and sweet.
S: I agree with all three of your words Caramel! So let us wrap up this review then. What do you want to tell our readers?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews! Oh and May the Fourth be with you!