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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
What would you like to be when you grow up? It really is a very simple question. Children are often asked what they want to be when they grow up. “I tell them there are so many things that I could possibly be… So I chose my eyes, try to think, and it becomes so clear to me.” But, in the end, “I really can’t make up my mind… and pick one for you today.” There are so many careers to choose from, it’s overwhelming, not just for children but young adults, as well. From teachers to lawyers, doctors and nurses, astronauts, writers and artists, plumbers and construction workers, how can a young person choose? But there are plenty of ideas to allow a child to dream big and work hard to aspire to those dreams.
D. Ryan Lafferty’s picture book story, When I Grow Up!, will encourage young readers to dream big and be imaginative in choosing the right job for them. The author uses lyrical, rhyming verse to carry the plot along. The colorful illustrations help carry the story and open up the minds of young readers to all the job possibilities available. And, as extensive as this list is, there are so many other jobs and careers to choose from, like being a scientist, explorer, pharmacist and, why not being a parent? And there are some unique jobs out there, too, like, “I’ll write those notes in fortune cookies and live in Chinatown”. The author demonstrates a touch of humor that will attract the young reader’s imagination. This is a charming book to inspire young readers to think creatively of what they want to be when they grow up.