Ideas Are All Around

Ideas Are jacketAll Around

By Philip C. Stead

A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press

March 1, 2016

In this innovative picture book, Philip Stead takes his dog Wednesday on a walk around the neighborhood with the hope of finding an idea for a new story. In the end both Philip and the reader learn that ideas really are all around — you just have to know what to do with them when you find them.

wheel “A meandering meditation on the nature of the mind and its communion with the world, a splendidly unusual prose poem about how creativity works.” —The New York Times

wheel A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016

wheel A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016

wheel “A carefully thought-out design, from typeface to page weight, makes the book a pleasure to look at and handle. This succeeds, as the title says, at showing that ideas are everywhere, and it will spur readers to find creative sparks of their own.” —Booklist, starred review

wheel “Stead has given readers a deeply felt, deeply connected story that is homage to creation—and really quite brilliant.” —Kirkus, starred review

wheel “The art is glorious, creatively mixing small photographs—presented as Polaroids—with ink and watercolor paintings. There is a subtle “fortunately/unfortunately” subtext in the visual and verbal narratives, and while the scenes are unified through a predominance of blue in the sky photos and painted images, the realistic/imaginary contrast supports the other dualities. VERDICT Readers may wonder if this jaunt (and resulting book) is truth or fiction. Regardless, it is a provocative, artful journey.” —School Library Journal, starred review

wheel “Stead’s bits and pieces of drawing and observation, his willingness to lay bare his uncertainty, and his rough sketches of the natural world don’t form a polished or seamless whole. Yet their very fragmentariness tells an important truth about the way artists begin to create.”―Publishers Weekly, starred review

wheel “The year is young. I can already tell you this is one of its best books.” —BookPage

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