The Incurable Imagination: Book Review

Audrey has an imagination, but what happens when the imagination starts to infect other children...Where will it end?

Title: The Incurable Imagination
Author: Paul Russell
Illustrator: Aśka
ISBN: 9781925335972          Language:  English

Classification: Fiction
Type: Picture Book
Themes: imagination, childhood, creativity

What's it about?
Audrey has a vivid imagination. Instead of painting what she supposed to and like the other children, she chooses to let her imagination inspire new art. When the children are learning to sing a specific song, Audrey makes up her own song. Then Audrey starts school and starts using her imagination instead of doing exactly what she is told. Then other children start to use their imaginations. Will school survive this contagious epidemic?

This is another well laid out picture book for kids. Much like My Storee (by the same author/illustrator team) this book has a clear, easy to read font. There is on average 1-2 sentences per page and the book as a whole is a good length. The illustrations are beautiful and engaging, complementing the text perfectly.

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My Thoughts
This is a 2019 release (1st April) and follows up as a complementary release for My Storee. Both books look to encourage creativity and exploration of imagination in young children.

This story is a great example of learning at school should spark the imagination. From an adult perspective, this book reminds us about something we often forget about - just how wonderful it is to be a child and imagine the possibilities (real and imagined) that the world within it.

The book contains a diverse character cast, so this is a great book to grab for the inclusivity of genders and ethnicities. Definitely, a book that would fit in well during Harmony Day/Week activities.

In terms of use in the classroom, this book is aimed for the younger junior primary classes (grades F-2) as a reading book, however, I can see this book being used in older grade levels to discuss what imagination is, how they use it now versus when they were younger. I've seen several older classes have students create (either individually or in small groups) a picture book for children. In this respect, it becomes a cross-curricular activity of literacy (writing of the story), art (illustrating), and can then be extended into economics (marketing etc), and mathematics (marketing, planning a presentation etc.)

Overall, this is a fantastic book to add to any kindergarten to grade 2 classroom as a book to read, and older for classroom assignments.

Thanks to EKBooks for the ARC

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