Brenda Faatz and illustrated by Peter Trimarco
“Now What?” a question we all have said and heard and hear from children at all ages and even us adults. “Now What?” is a children’s story picture book that was written by a wife and husband team Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco that shares and tells a story of diversity. The main character of Lizzy is a little girl, who seems to like to stay busy as you will see as you read the book. Lizzy also has a pet dog that she plays with all the time from one activity to another and meets a new friend.
Brenda wrote this story as if it was a poem or even a song from the rhymes that she has come up with that are surprising, which is a good surprise for it made the story fun to read. Peter has drawn the pictures that to me seem almost ‘dreamlike’. The pictures to me seemed to be muted just a little on some of them. The words and the pictures explain what it means to be friends whether human or animal. My favorite pages were these ones. I liked the one that read “Fantazzy” especially how Peter drew the word. A few other pictures that I liked was when Lizzy was searching in her closet for something to do and I saw a set of bagpipes, which I thought showed a bit of culture for Lizzy for that instrument is a little unusual to find in a child’s closet, but interesting. I also liked what the author and artist wrote and drew about after the rain shower with the remnants of the hopscotch game and the animals paw prints. Quite a story that teachers could get quite a number of lessons to use, as in building character.
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