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Stepping into the story

Cover of Once Upon a Book
A review of Once Upon a Book by Grace Lin and Kate Messner

Step into this colorful book adventure! Authors Grace Lin & Kate Messner pull us into the pages in Once Upon a Book. A young girl wishes it wasn’t “so frozen and gray” and – suddenly! – finds herself stepping into the pages of a tropical wonderland. Flamingos, colorful flowers and more greet her. In exploring each new world (from riding a camel through the desert to swimming in an underwater reef to soaring with the clouds in the sky) she realizes that what she wants most of all is to be back in her cozy home with her mom and dad.

The girl’s stuffed bunny also follows her through the pages and creates a fun hide-and-seek adventure for young readers. The illustrations are full of movement and are so imaginative. This is an excellent one-on-one read-aloud – but also perfect for a larger group or family storytime.

For other books by Grace Lin, check out A Big Mooncake for Little Star, A Big Bed for Little Snow, or The Ugly Vegetables.


May 19, 2023