Author Crescent Dragonwagon and Julián Is a Mermaid illustrator Jessica Love pair up in this powerful new edition of a classic picture book that asks a tough question and answers it with humanity, humor, and grace.
In this beautiful new edition of a timeless picture book classic, a child asks, "Will it be okay?" That bee sting, that thunderstorm, those powerful feelings, losing a loved one. Written by Crescent Dragonwagon, daughter of legendary children's book author and editor Charlotte Zolotow, and illustrated by the equally inimitable Jessica Love, Will It Be Okay? answers a timeless and universal question with honesty, humanity, beauty, and humor. Will it be okay? Yes--yes, it will.
Kirkus Reviews (08/15/2022):
An updated version of Dragonwagon's 1977 release, originally illustrated by Ben Shecter, with new artwork by Love. Written entirely in dialogue between a parent and a child, the text addresses childhood fears ranging from the small ("But what if there is thunder and lightning?") to the profound ("But what if you die?"). The latter worry arises toward the end of the book, after the child has received matter-of-fact, loving reassurance about many other fears ("You sit at your window and watch the rain beating down over the houses..."). The parent does not seem visibly ill, which suggests that this is a general query about mortality rather than a pressing concern. Throughout, Love's illustrations brim with vitality and emotion, evoking a style akin to some of Trina Schart Hyman's earlier work in the characters' design, with spare backgrounds that offer expressive, decorative embellishments to help set mood and tone. This tender tale is a balm for worried children in troubled times and a model of comfort for caregivers to offer them. The main characters have light skin, dark eyes, and curly, black hair. (This book was reviewed digitally.) More than OK. Much more. (Picture book. 3-8) COPYRIGHT(2022) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.