Children’s Book of the Week: The Scrambled States of America
Sometimes a children’s book comes along that makes me just want to call up the author and invite him or her to coffee, and this is one of them. It’s hilarious, adorable, and even educational! And completely along the lines of my sense of humor.
Poor Kansas, stuck in the middle of the country, with big dreams and a sense of adventure. Kansas and Nebraska decide to have a big potluck party for all the states (already this book is right up my alley, see?), and it’s there that the states decide to mix it up a bit, so they can see other parts of the country. The results are fairly disastrous (several states shoved in where California was are constantly jostled by earthquakes, Arizona’s hairdo is limp and unmanageable when she’s transferred to the humid East Coast), and the states decide to switch back. Along the way, you get a sense of each state, what makes it special, and where it actually lives, geographically. The pages are dense with little cartoony asides (California is, predictably, lactose intolerant) and side stories (even love!), and everything is very funny and clever and just basically wonderful. We’ve gotten out other Laurie Keller books and we love them all, but this is our favorite. A perfect book for President’s Day (or Independence Day, or any day).