The cu­rios­ity of a child knows no bounds

A dive into iden­tity and deep world ques­tions posed in a fun way for kids

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What on Earth am I? The new pub­li­ca­tion from Imag­i­nary House is writ­ten by Lara Salomon and il­lus­trated by Me­gan Bird, and is their first chil­dren’s book col­lab­o­ra­tion.

The cu­rios­ity of a child knows no bounds. Ques­tions about what they are in the big world can take a child on a mag­i­cal jour­ney of self-dis­cov­ery, but can also be con­fus­ing.

This new pub­li­ca­tion ex­plores com­plex top­ics such as iden­tity, di­ver­sity and ex­is­ten­tial­ism, which all come to life through Salomon’s de­light­ful verse and imag­i­na­tively vi­su­alised by means of Bird’s tal­ented pen. Sim­ply put – it’s a dive into iden­tity and deep world ques­tions posed in a fun way for kids.

It’s easy to un­der­stand how a small child may be­come con­fused as to what they are. There are so many sto­ries and char­ac­ters, but where do I fit in? Salomon deftly deals with this in easy-tomem­o­rise rhymes, which ask all those puz­zled ques­tions that a child may ask after be­ing read many fairy sto­ries.

Says the lit­tle girl in the book:

“I’ve been read­ing all these sto­ries, and they’ve got me quite con­fused.

“Be­cause they fea­ture all these crea­tures, and I’m re­ally not amused.

“Am I a dragon or a fairy, a vam­pire or a were­wolf?” our lit­tle pro­tag­o­nist asks as she comes face to face with these crea­tures.

More ques­tions than an­swers, but this is a book that will have a last­ing

place on a child’s book­shelf.

ABOUT THE AU­THOR

Lara Salomon works full-time as the con­tent mar­ket­ing spe­cial­ist at GuestRevu, liv­ing in Gra­ham­stown in the East­ern Cape. She is an avid pho­tog­ra­pher, own­ing her own photography com­pany, and can al­ways be found writ­ing some­thing. Like her photography, her writ­ing strives to cap­ture some­thing that shows off the light, good­ness and beauty of the world and the people in it.

ABOUT THE IL­LUS­TRA­TOR

Me­gan Bird holds a BA de­gree in vis­ual com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­sign. Bird co-founded the Driehoek illustration col­lec­tive. Her work “varies from quirky in­tri­cate illustration to beau­ti­ful sim­ple cor­po­rate iden­ti­ties”. We think her style has some­thing spe­cial that will hold a place in the halls of Illustration His­tory for some time to come.

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