You Choose by Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt

Our first picture book of the year is not a story. It’s non fiction but not in the sense that it is an information book. I would call this book a discussion book. A really fun discussion book!

You Choose - Story SnugPippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt have created an original picture book to promote speaking and listening skills. Each double page spread poses a question above a variety of Nick Sharratt’s wonderfully colourful illustrations. For example, What kind of home would you choose? has drawings of every conceivable dwelling you could imagine. The pictures are used to initiate discussions about where you would like to live, maybe why, and on the next page you can choose all of the furniture that you would like to have in your new house (or igloo!). You can choose pets, who you would like to live with, your favourite transport, what you would like to wear……………..

This is a really great book to share, for adults as well as children, and we have a lot of fun making choices from pictures that are fairly normal to completely outrageous! It provides great opportunities to develop speaking and listening skills and introduce new vocabulary. I can also imagine using this book to stimulate discussions with non native English speakers (of all ages!). There is also a colouring book with stickers.

A very interactive book, definitely not a bedtime book!

Age Range: 3 +

Author: Pippa Goodhart / Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

Storyseekers UK has a great review of Pippa Goodhart’s ‘Just Imagine‘ on her blog.

27 thoughts on “You Choose by Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt

  1. I’ve used this book at the beginning of the school year for kids to get to know each other a bit better. Also, my kids liked it at bed time – the final spread is about choosing which bed you’d like to sleep in, but I agree it definitely is a conversation maker. The sequel, Just Imagine, is also wonderful.

    • Zoe, using the book for children to get to know each other better is a great idea, thank you! I hadn’t thought about choosing a bed before we go to sleep, my imagination gets so carried away when looking at this book that it gets my daughter chatting too! The sequel, Just Imagine, is another one to add to my wish list 🙂

  2. I was waiting for your first book of the year! What can I say – I was not disappointed! Sounds like a very fun book to discover together with your kid (I like your tip not to read it at bedtime). Thank you!

    • This book is written to get children talking. Sometimes my daughter asks so many questions about a book that we lose the thread of the story, with this book we can make up our own stories and take them in any direction we like 🙂

  3. I LOVE this book! Es ist ein wirklich tolles Buch und ich habe es schon oft genutzt, um mit meiner Klasse eine “philosophische” Diskussion zu führen und wir haben dann auch die Geschichte weitergeführt und uns unsere eigenen “You choose”-Situationen ausgedacht. Dieses Buch regt wirklich die Gedanken an – nicht nur von kleinen Kindern!

    • This is definitely a book for young and old! You could really make fantastic classroom displays as a result of discussions, the book is really only a starting point.

  4. You Choose is an amazing book. I bought it on the strength of a Mumsnet thread and it was loved straight away (my children are 6 and 4). I’m also pretty evangelical about recommending it to others…

  5. I have not come across this one despite posting another book by the same author! This sounds great I will look out for it at the library next time we visit. Thank you for sharing.

  6. This is the first time that I’ve heard of this book, and it kind of reminded me of the YA novels “Choose your own adventure” – but in an ingenious picture book version. Will be on the lookout for this one. 🙂

    • I used to love those books, do you mean the ones where you had to make a choice at the end of a chapter so that you created your own unique adventure? I guess that this is the first step towards those, you can dip in and out of the book depending on what you want to talk about or work your way through from the beginning.

  7. Hi Catherine, My son would have a field day with this book. I haven’t seen it before, but I think we would completely end up in giggles reading this together! Thank you for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop. I’m glad we connected and I look forward to seeing more of your reviews and recommendations. New follower! 🙂

  8. We were able to borrow the book from a friend and my daughter loves it!!! We read it every night before bedtime (worked well) and there were tears when the book was returned. It’s now on her birthday wishlist 🙂

  9. It is probably a question of age – my daughter does not turn three until March so she is under the recommended age. I would imagine that as her vocabulary increases we will have more lively discussions and may have to strike it off the list of bedtime books 🙂

    • Maybe, I feel that this book is more of a fun learning experience – learning new vocabulary, me asking questions, what? why? how? – than a calming bedtime story where my daughter doesn’t need to interact if she doesn’t want to.

  10. Thanks for sharing this one with us! I love this idea. We could certainly stand to work on listening in our house. Sigh. Hope to see you in this Wednesday’s Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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