Hello, friends! Our book today is What’s All The Commotion?: A Book About Social Distancing, written by Jessie Glenn and illustrated by Kevin King.
We all know a few of the basics: we should wash our hands often, cover our mouths when we cough or sneeze, and stay home when we’re sick. But why is it so especially important now? Why can’t little bookworms go to school, or play with their friends? This straightforward title attempts to explain why, in a way that is optimistic and comforting for young readers, we must do what we can to help each other and ourselves stay safe and healthy.
Informative yet reassuring. This indie title briefly covers some of the most important factors of the COVID pandemic, deftly managing to tread a fine line between honest facts and comforting encouragement. Social distancing, as the title would suggest, is the main topic; readers are given a brief explanation on how social distancing prevents the virus from spreading, acknowledges the difficulties of isolation for people of all ages, and promises that this way of life will not last forever. And while it was slightly disappointing that the importance of masks and other PPE were not covered as thoroughly, this brief, candid and ultimately affirming approach is very effective. The illustrations are simple, yet inviting and colorful, displaying a diverse cast of characters and a generally comforting tone. The length is perfect for any age, and JJ enjoyed it. While perhaps not a complete look at the complications of social distancing, this earnest title is a great way to help little readers understand their new reality, and even assuage some fears. We definitely recommend it, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this was provided to The Baby Bookworm by a representative of the creators in exchange for an honest review.)