Book Review: Wild Child, by Lynn Plourde and Greg Couch (Illustrator)

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In this magical bedtime
book, Autumn doesn’t want to sleep. Mother Earth wants to put her wild
child, Autumn, to bed. But Autumn isn’t ready. First she wants a song,
then a snack, then pj’s, and a kiss. Lynn Plourde’s crisp text crackles
like fall leaves and Greg Couch’s illustrations are a color
extravaganza. Wild children and their parents will love this
scrumptious, satisfying tribute to the wonders of nature and family.
Wild Child is the first of four seasonal picture books by Lynn Plourde
and Greg Couch.

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What a delightful surprise this was!  Both the writing and illustrations are whimsical, warm, and imaginative.  The beautiful colors that Greg Couch used in his illustrations are vibrant and create a peaceful feel throughout the book.

The story of having a child try everything to keep from going to bed is not a new one, but it is charming and sweet.  I loved that Mother Earth and Autumn have been personified.  The illustrations really play up the sense that the earth and the seasons could really be people (of sorts).  I also really loved the how when Autumn goes to sleep, Winter wakes up and is ready to play.  All over, just a beautiful book.

Reading level: Ages 3 and up
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Aladdin (September 1, 2003)

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