Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Zoey doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. There are so many different types of jobs to do and they all sound so very exciting, especially when these jobs mean that she is helping others in some way. Zoey is quite clever, too. When her mother asks her what jobs she’s been thinking about, Zoey shares her job ideas, alphabetically. There are jobs whose titles begin with every letter of the alphabet. And many of these jobs have very difficult names, not only for children to articulate, but for grownups as well. There are jobs like Anesthesiologist, a good job that begins with the letter A. And then there’s the job of an Ophthalmologist that specializes in eye care, a good job that begins with the letter O. Or Podiatrist, a foot doctor, a job that begins with the letter P. There are jobs with easier names, more familiar titles, like Nurse, Lawyer, Teacher. All very good jobs and all of which sound very promising and exciting to young Zoey as she marches through the alphabet, one letter at a time, one job at a time. So what will she be?
Jessica McEachern is many things: publisher, writer, songstress and social worker. Through her colorful picture book story, When I Grow Up, she inspires young readers, especially young girls, to be many things, but to be the best that they can be. This is a fascinating alphabetical journey through the list of job descriptions. Other than some of the more difficult job titles listed, the story is very easy to read, alphabetically, of course. And the reader will enjoy the enthusiasm of a young girl sharing her dreams with her mother. A good mother-daughter sharing type of story. A real treasure.