It's a Small World
Words and Music by Richard and Robert Sherman
Illustrated by Joey Chou
Disney Press, c2011. Unpaged picture book.
It's a Small World captured my heart right from illustrator Joey Chou's dedication: "To my mom and dad for all our memorable trips to Disneyland." This picture book beautifully does what a picture book should do, and that is taking the reader on a fabulous adventure. With one line on each page, even the newest independent readers can take a joyful ride around the world with children of many lands. Chou's illustrations have a retro feel and are clearly inspired by the beloved ride. The backgrounds are spectacular, the children precious, and the colors dazzling. (Can you tell I'm obsessed with this one?) I love the CD that comes tucked inside the cover. If only we could play this on constant rotation in the library!