Friday, February 3, 2023

*Review* Play with Jay by Pascale Bonenfant


Genre: Children's 3-5
Published: March 14, 2023
Pages: 48

Letters, numbers, shapes and more! Join Jay and friends in this interactive picture book that inspires curiosity, imagination and play.

Jay the bear, Nora the rabbit and Clementine the bird invite little readers to have fun seeking treasure, spotting differences and matching pairs. With unique prompts and questions on each page, young readers can engage in their own way with activities, such as inventing names for their favorite monsters, choosing what to pack in a suitcase or imagining combinations of magic potions. Part picture book, part multi-use activity book, the delightful and interactive artwork in Play With Jay! will spark inquiry, discussion and creativity in readers.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This book was clearly targeted towards the pre-K age group with the games included in the story. It was a lot of things like saying the alphabet in order, matching items that get used together, saying what people's favorite hobby is based on what they're wearing. Not going to lie, some of the games were a little tough for me but...LOL. 

The illustrations appeared to be done in crayon, they had that almost wispy quality you can get if you're not pushing hard with your crayons. My copy didn't have the page layouts quite like I'm sure they are in a paid for copy, so some of my illustrations were a little wonky, but I wasn't reading this with a toddler, so that didn't really matter. 

I'd probably be okay reading this book with a kid a few times, although the repetitiveness of the games might also test my patience with too many re-reads (although logical me understands that repetitiveness would be great for the toddler). Overall I give this book 4.2 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Pascale Bonenfant uses drawing, collage, watercolors and sometimes screen printing to create her playful works of art. In the last few years her work has appeared in a wide range of exhibitions and publications, including more than a dozen books. Her first book, Le parapluie jaune, written by Lili Chartrand, won third prize in the prestigious Concours Lux 2011 (Livre Jeunesse). Originally from Rimouski, Quebec, Pascale now teaches graphic design in Quebec City.

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