It's a beautiful day out, and Isabella's father is looking for some help in the backyard from his favourite little girl. But Isabella isn't a little girl - she's an archeologist, and the hidden treasures in the sandy pyramids call out to her. No, wait - she's an artist, drawing inspiration from the streets of Paris. But she's also an astronomer, peering up into the night sky at all the unknown mysteries of the world. She can travel all over the world - but there's only one place that's her most favourite place of all.
Isabella: Girl on the Go is a fun picture book that looks at how a child's imagination can inspire a whole host of creative expeditions. The illustrations are very clever, playing with tone and perspective to show how the world can change depending on how Isabella is experiencing it at that moment in time. There's lots of fun stuff to look for in the pictures, too, like how her stuffed friend transforms from page to page. I really like the character of the Dad, who indulges and supports his daughter's imagination while still getting his yardwork done. Isabella could definitely hang out with other spunky picture book girls like Stella, Olivia, and Lilly.
Check out Jennifer Fosberry and Mike Litwin's websites for more information about their other projects.
I read an advance review copy from NetGalley courtesy of Sourcebooks.
Find it at IndieBound.
Read it with:
My Name is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry
My Name is Not Alexander by Jennifer Fosberry
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
When Stella Was Very Very Small by Marie-Louise Gay