The curiosity of a child knows no bounds
A dive into identity and deep world questions posed in a fun way for kids
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.