Wild Feelings by David Milgrim: A Review

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Hardcover, 40 pages
Expected publication: August 4th 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Source: Raincoast Books

This little picturebook concerns itself with the exploration of feelings: wild feelings. There are many things to love about it. Let’s start with the prose. The language used is fresh and playful with a healthy dose of onomatopoeia that will delight children when the book is read out loud. The typography is big and bold with the size of the words expressing their meaning. My favourite part of the book, though, are the illustrations. Each feeling is accompanied by an animal, for example “stubborn as a mule” or as “chicken as a chicken” and this is illustrated by the child being dressed in the accompanying animal costume. Example:

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Wild Feelings is reminiscent of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are in more than just the animal costumes the kids are drawn in. Wild Feelings, too, encourages children to explore their feelings and emotions without feeling guilty for feeling. I did find the ending a bit abrupt but it’s probably because I have having too much fun and didn’t want the book to end.

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I really really liked this one and strongly recommend to all parents, teachers and librarians.