Jean Reidy & Joey Chou
This book is a creative take on the limitless possibilities of the readers’ imagination. Writing a book about yourself (or the greater metaphor of living the life you want) can include anything a person can dream up. Some of the options are silly, like drinking tea with frogs or playing kazoos with a yak. Some of the options are empowering, like giving a speech or defending others. The illustrations are adorable, joyful, and diverse.
This story would be a super cute way to introduce a writing prompt, art project, or before brainstorming different careers. What Would You Do in a Book About You? is a great example of a book that isn’t about specifically defying gender stereotypes or introducing a tokenized group of diverse friends. Its main goal is to introduce to readers the concept that the sky is the limit, especially when creating a path for yourself.
This book was kindly sent by Harper Kids but all opinions are my own.
Jean Reidy’s bestselling and award-winning picture books have earned their spots as favorites among readers and listeners of all ages and from all over the world. She is honored to be a three-time winner of the Colorado Book Award, a Parent’s Choice Gold Award Winner, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor winner and recognized on “Best of” lists by School Library Journal, the New York Times, NPR and Amazon. Jean writes from her home in Colorado where she lives right across the street from her neighborhood library … which she visits nearly every day.
Joey Chou was born in Taiwan and grew up in Southern California. After Graduated from Art Center College of Design with illustration degree, he has been working as Visual Development artists in feature and TV animation for the past 10 years. He is currently working at Sony Picture Animation. He has worked on films such as The Emoji Movie, Hotel Transylvania 2, Cloudy with chance of meatball 2 animated shorts, Surfs up 2, Kung Fu Panda: legend of awesomeness and more. He has worked with studios such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Dreamworks, Warner Bros, Cartoon network, Paramount, Sony, Netflix and many more.
Joey is also known doing illustration work for children’s book such as “It’s a small world”, “Say What”, “I’m a Ballerina little golden book”, “Monster and sons”, “B bear and Lolly series”, working with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Chronicle books, Random House, Disney Press, HarperCollins. His graphic sense of style is influence by many great illustrators from the 60s such as Mary Blair, Miroslav Sasek, Alice and Martin Provensen, and Ezra Jack Keats.