|We became jaguars|
Author: Eggers, Dave
When Grandma comes to visit and a young boy's parents leave, readers follow their journey into the lush, undiscovered world of nature, and lose themselves in the exhilarating power of pretending.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (02/01/21)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/21)
The Hornbook (00/30/21)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/01/2021 A little boy is shy at first when his parents leave him with his visiting grandmother. But he becomes bolder when she gets down on the carpet, growls, and says they should become jaguars. The little boy follows her instructions and, presto, the transformation is complete and the wild rumpus begins. Leaving the house, they come to a nearby wood, which become jungle-like when they enter. On the other side, they come to a steep hill and easily run to the top, where they can see “most of the world.” They drink from a lake, and then, “somewhere in the Himalayas,” the boy remembers he has to go to school. Who knows how much he has missed? But it’s okay; his now-human grandmother writes him a note. Eggers’ straightforward text is enlivened by simile: a lake looks like silver and tastes like moonlight and is further enhanced by White’s lushly colorful illustrations. But do the two humans really become jaguars? Careful readers will find visual clues but no matter; what’s really important is the book’s lively celebration of imagination. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.