I read a lot of picture books. Like A LOT. I have a 5 year old and a 2 year old who love to read, and I read quite a few picture books as mentor texts or potential comparison books for my own picture book manuscripts. So yeah, I’ve been around the picture book block a little bit. Every once in awhile I stumble across one that makes me smile non-stop, cry through the entire book, or laugh out loud, and I instantly know I will actually enjoy rereading it with my children a hundred times. It doesn’t happen often, but it happened today!
THE SCARECROW, written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by The Fan Brothers, was published in 2019 by HarperCollins Children’s Books. It is a beautiful story about two very unlikely friends: a scarecrow and a baby crow. Written in perfect rhyme, it is understandable for any age group. Many rhyming picture books use poetic language and phrases that make it hard for most kids to stay engaged, but Beth Ferry did an incredible job making it read as easily as a story written in prose.
Another point to mention is that the artwork by The Fan Brothers is positively breathtaking. There are multiple spreads that show so much texture you have to reach out and touch it to confirm that it’s only two-dimensional. Every season illustrated in this book captures the best attributes of that time of year, and the winter illustrations remind me so much of THE MITTEN by Jan Brett.
I would highly recommend this book, and I plan on purchasing it to add to our children’s library.