What we'll build Plans for our together future

Oliver Jeffers

Book - 2020

A father and his young daughter gather their tools and begin building a future where love can be set aside until it is needed, enemies become friends, and exploration is key.

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Subjects
Genres
Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Published
New York : Philomel Books 2020.
Language
English
Item Description
First published in Great Britain by HarperCollins Children's Books in 2020.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Audience
Ages 4-8.
Grades K-1.
ISBN
9780593206751
0593206754
Main Author
Oliver Jeffers (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Spare rhyming text inspires this instruction manual as dad and daughter gather tools big and small and ask: "What shall we build, you and I?" The answers include a door where there was none, some love, a gate to let others in, a road up to the moon, and a safe place to snuggle. The dad has a green watch cap and striped shirt, his daughter has a mop of straw hair; they are fleshed-out stick figures with expressive, energetic personalities, intent on exploring all the possibilities for joy and inclusion that the world offers. Fun pages in pencil, ink, and saturated watercolor remind us of similar joys in Jeffers' quirky cartoon style—no detail is too small to inspire investigation (astronaut-helmeted birds, a witch on a broomstick in space, offbeat aliens sipping tea, or a clockface with a sushi numeral). Children will love his playbook for building a future of love and imagination, and they will delight in the special relationship the father and daughter share. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this standalone companion to Here We Are! that is dedicated to his daughter, Jeffers imagines a stream of fanciful projects that a father, sporting a wool hat, and his sailor dress–clad daughter might do together. Zooming in on her small hands, his large ones, and the tools they have both assembled, it's clear that the narrator views the girl as a capable partner, despite her age—"Let's build a door/ where there was none,// We'll build a house/ to be our home." He promises to keep her safe in "a place to stay when all is lost,/ to keep the things we love the most," and he's also up for daffy engineering projects: towers, tunnels, a road to the moon, all stroked in generous swaths of warm color and Jeffers's signature childlike scribbles. In the story's most developed episode, the two realize that building walls keeps potential friends out, and they open their fortress gates to admit a Viking, a pirate, a witch, and a lavender-colored surgeon. Jeffers's benediction portrays a parent who surrounds his child with love and steadies her as she learns how to bring her dreams to fruition. Ages 4–8. Agent: Paul Moreton, Bell Lomax Moreton. (Oct.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A heartwarming story inspired by the birth of the author’s daughter blends Jeffers’ signature artwork with rhythmic verses of promise about the lives that a parent and child will build and share together. By the award-winning creator of Here We Are. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A father and his young daughter gather their tools and begin building a future where love can be set aside until it is needed, enemies become friends, and exploration is key.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An instant New York Times bestseller!From Oliver Jeffers, world-renowned picture book creator and illustrator of The Crayons' Christmas, comes a gorgeously told father-daughter story and companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller Here We Are! What shall we build, you and I?Let's gather all our tools for a start.For putting together . . .and taking apart. A father and daughter set about laying the foundations for their life together. Using their own special tools, they get to work, building memories to cherish, a home to keep them safe, and love to keep them warm.A rare and enduring story about a parent's boundless love, life's endless opportunities, and all we need to build a together future. The perfect baby shower gift or gift for new parents!Praise for What We'll Build:"[Has] the offbeat, sweet style Jeffers' fans know and love." --Kirkus Reviews "An intensely personal statement of intergenerational fellowship and an obvious pick for library shelves best explored at home." --School Library Journal "Children will love his playbook for building a future of love and imagination, and they will delight in the special relationship the father and daughter share." --Booklist"Stroked in generous swaths of warm color and Jeffers's signature childlike scribbles . . . .. Jeffers's benediction portrays a parent who surrounds his child with love and steadies her as she learns how to bring her dreams to fruition." --Publishers Weekly