David Jumps In
Title: David Jumps In
Author: Alan Woo, Katty Maurey (Illustrations)
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publish Date: March 3, 2020
It is David’s first day at his brand-new school. He doesn’t know anyone. At recess, he stands alone and watches the other children enjoying their activities on the playground, from practicing soccer moves and climbing monkey bars to playing hopscotch and daydreaming in the grass. Bundled deep inside David’s pocket is a string of rubber bands, knotted and ready for a game of elastic skip. But will anyone want to try that game? he wonders. Will anyone want to play with him?
**I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
I found the writing style to be simplistic however it conveyed the message and the meaning of the story effectively. The illustrations were minimal as there was an abundance of white space on the page which was spread out. This drew my eye to the drawings and the details the illustrator added to each page, which a child would do wile an adult reads the picture book to them. I was introduced to a new game via this book; I have never played this game personally, or seen this in my childhood experiences. I love how Woo included different activities that each group of children play at recess, and what each group of children are interested in.
The language that Woo uses to describe the different games played sounds exactly as it would on the school yard, it’s what you would hear children saying aloud to one another if you were passing by. It was very relatable and honest to what kids say to each other on the school yard.
I gave this book a 3 out of 5, I appreciated this story and the meaning behind it. However I felt like it ended too abruptly, I wanted more; maybe it was too simple for my tastes. I found this picture to be enjoyable, but I don’t think I’ll be adding this book to my collection. David Jumps In would be an excellent book to borrow from your local library. An educator could use it to help those students learn about different recess games to play as this picture book provides some information in the author’s note about the game elastic skip.