What the road said

Cleo Wade

Book - 2021

"I said to the Road, Where do you lead? The Road said, Be a leader and find out. It's okay to be afraid or to sometimes wander down the wrong path. What the Road Said encourages us to lead with kindness and purpose and remember that the most important thing we can do in life is to keep going."--Provided by publisher.

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Picture books
New York : Feiwel and Friends 2021.
Main Author
Cleo Wade (author)
Other Authors
Lucie de Moyencourt, 1983- (illustrator)
First edition
Physical Description
34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents unavailable.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

The road is not only a metaphor for life's journey in this meditative picture book but also a supportive and wise friend accompanying readers on their individual paths. A young narrator wonders if there is "something more... something just.../ different" before happening upon a new road and asking where it leads. The road responds, "Be a leader and find out." Thus begins a conversation between the two that results in encouraging, confident answers to questions such as, "What if I get lost?" "What if I get lonely?" and "What if the world around us is filled with hate?" Alongside de Moyencourt's vividly colored, bucolic scenes of the natural world, accessible language and a heartfelt tone make this a meta guide for a broad range of readers finding their way to their future. Ages 6--10. (Mar.)

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

From an artist, poet, and Instagram celebrity, a pep talk for all who question where a new road might lead. Opening by asking readers, "Have you ever wanted to go in a different direction," the unnamed narrator describes having such a feeling and then witnessing the appearance of a new road "almost as if it were magic." "Where do you lead?" the narrator asks. The Road's twice-iterated response--"Be a leader and find out"--bookends a dialogue in which a traveler's anxieties are answered by platitudes. "What if I fall?" worries the narrator in a stylized, faux hand-lettered type Wade's Instagram followers will recognize. The Road's dialogue and the narration are set in a chunky, sans-serif type with no quotation marks, so the one flows into the other confusingly. "Everyone falls at some point, said the Road. / But I will always be there when you land." Narrator: "What if the world around us is filled with hate?" Road: "Lead it to love." Narrator: "What if I feel stuck?" Road: "Keep going." De Moyencourt illustrates this colloquy with luminous scenes of a small, brown-skinned child, face turned away from viewers so all they see is a mop of blond curls. The child steps into an urban mural, walks along a winding country road through broad rural landscapes and scary woods, climbs a rugged metaphorical mountain, then comes to stand at last, Little Prince--like, on a tiny blue and green planet. Wade's closing claim that her message isn't meant just for children is likely superfluous…in fact, forget the just. Inspiration, shrink wrapped. (Picture book. 6-8, adult) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.