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"What Can I be Today?" was conceived on one of the hottest days of the summer at a book show in Detroit. Riley and I were talking about the dreams that all kids have about what they could be when they grow up and who better than Charlie to help us turn those daydreams into reality!
|Publisher:||Dog Ear Publishing|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||4 MB|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Andy Gutman is the author of Even, Charlie the Caterpillar and Pop Lullaby. His greatest accomplishment is his daughter Riley, who becomes more amazing with each passind day. Andy is a songwriter, writer, poet but mostly a dreamer. Andy tries to see the beauty in the world and the good in everyone. Special thanks to Riley Claire Gutman for helping to create the concept for this book. finally please give thanks Thomas Daniel and Cameron Klein for their contributions that bring Charlie to life!
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What Can I Be Today? based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Charlie the caterpillar explores his endless career options. The main selling point of this book is without doubt the beautiful illustrations that show Charlie the caterpillar conveying a message to young children that if you have a dream of what you want to be in later life then hold onto it for life is full of possibilities. Through the image of a caterpillar we see how endless in fact the possibilities are from a teacher to a rock star, from a lawyer to an explorer. I suppose for a child it might have had more resonance if the main character was a little boy or girl looking into the future rather than a caterpillar and if an insect is to be used perhaps it would have been interesting to see Charlie aspiring to take on the roles of other insects like a bumbling bumble bee producing honey. Also the rather awkward rhyming does slightly grate and although I don't want to get too PC the use of "fireman" instead of fire fighter when 7% of the London Fire Brigade for instance is female sounds a bit anachronistic. Despite a few quibbles this I'm sure will make a fun read for the intended audience and the book also includes a blank page for the child to draw what they aspire to and some colouring pages. Overall a recommended read for young children.