What If... (Hardcover)

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By Samantha Berger, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
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Title: What If...
Bookseller: Alexis

For the artist in us all, this book reminds us that our creativity is limitless and unique. This author takes us on an imaginative, linguistically rhythmic, mystically illustrated journey where we discover that even without her pencil and her paint, the main character still has her imagination. This, my friend, is an invaluable tool that can transform a simple pile of dirt into a solar system or a long day behind a computer into an intricate novel. This book is a great reminder of what's possible and serves as a reminder and an inspiration for artists of all ages. 

— From Alexis


Creativity, the power of imagination, and the importance of self-expression are celebrated in this inspiring picture book written and illustrated by real-life best friends.

This girl is determined to express herself! If she can't draw her dreams, she'll sculpt or build, carve or collage. If she can't do that, she'll turn her world into a canvas. And if everything around her is taken away, she'll sing, dance, and dream...

Stunning mixed media illustrations, lyrical text, and a breathtaking gatefold conjure powerful magic in this heartfelt affirmation of art, imagination, and the resilience of the human spirit.

About the Author

Samantha Berger has written picture books including What If..., Crankenstein and A Crankenstein Valentine, Witch Spa, Snoozefest, Santa's Reindeer Games, and Martha Doesn't Say Sorry, which won a Parent's Choice Award Honor. When she isn't writing, she's doing voice-overs, traveling the world, and helping rescue dogs. Samantha splits her time between New York City and California.

Praise For…

A Bank Street College Best Children's Book of 2018
An Atlanta Parent Magazine Best Book of 2018
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2018

2019 International Literacy Association/Children's Book Council Children's Choices List

*"A testament to the power of an imaginative mind. ...This extraordinary book will make it hard for any child reader to settle for the mundaneness of reality."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Curato's collages, featuring ink, pencil, acrylics, and more, make beautiful backdrops that pop, contrast, and fill each spread with life. What's more, Berger's inspiring message...uplifts and demonstrates the unstoppable spirit of creativity. ...[Y]oung artists will come away connected and affirmed."—Booklist

"Curato's collaged and found-object illustrations meet the creative challenges [Berger's] text all but demands with moments of giddy inventiveness."—Publishers Weekly

"This inspirational read-aloud provides ample opportunity for discussion and creation from beginning to end."
School Library Journal

"A true celebration of creativity and art in all its forms."—Brightly

"The mixed-media illustrations fully communicate the glory of artistic passion."
School Library Connection

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316390965
ISBN-10: 0316390968
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 10th, 2018
Pages: 40
Language: English