Thursday, June 18, 2009
June Pick for the Older Sibling: How to Get Married by Me, the Bride
Remember when you played bride as a child? How to Get Married will make you want to do it all over again. It's a step-by-step guide to staging a happily-ever-after wedding, told by a child, with some help from her friends. There are suggestions for finding a mate, getting engaged, and dancing at the wedding. No bride will go wrong with advice like:
You should never get married when it's dark
because you won't be able to see
and you might marry the wrong person.
Sue Heap's illustrations are just right--simple, adorable, and appropriately frilly. The text is playful and often reads as if we're actually eavesdropping on children who are having a make-believe wedding:
Your friends and sisters and pets and toys and grandmas
should all come to see your wedding in their best outfits.
And when the music starts everyone has to stop whatever
they're doing and look at you.
And you walk down the aisle, which means you must go
extra slowly down a long path and not fall over.
I can't say enough good things about this picture book. I love it!
How to Get Married
Sally Lloyd-Jones, author
Sue Heap, illustrator
Schwartz & Wade Books (Random House), 2009
~ reviewed by Joan Holub, author