Kid’s Book Review: Outside

Kid’s Book Review: Outside

About the Book and Author and Illustrator

Outside is a place that nobody thinks much about. It’s somewhere to go for a walk in the park or a trip to the duck pond or to get from one place to another. Inside is much more important. Until suddenly, no one is allowed to go outside and everything changes . . .

Bee Chuck grew up in Yorkshire and graduated from Falmouth School of Art and in 2020 with a first class degree in Illustration. Bee identifies as non-binary and their preferred pronouns are they/them. Their main inspirations are children’s drawings, nature and their desire to make the world a better place through art. Bee loves being outdoors and filling their sketchbooks with drawings of all sorts of flowers, birds, insects and plants which inspire and populate their narrative illustration. Bee’s biggest influence growing up was their grandma Mary, who is a poet and an artist and encouraged Bee to create, draw and paint in all sorts of different mediums and styles.

Book Review

This is a beautiful and hopeful picture boo

Clara loved the pictures, especially the girl’s plait which she enjoyed pointing to on every page. The brightly coloured distinctive drawings appealed to all of us and inspired Clara to draw her own rainbow picture.

Reading Outside led us to talk about the time when Clara was born. Her older brother and sister told her about how they were not allowed to go to school and how we were all at home together all the time. But unlike the girl in the story who lives in a flat in a city, we had a garden so we spent lots of time outside.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Clara
  • Age: 3 years
  • Likes: Unicorns, mushrooms and Play-Doh
  • Dislikes: Pepperoni
  • Favourite Book: A Pony Book
  • Favourite Song: Frosty the Snowman
  • Favourite TV Show: Hello Duggie