Jeremy Billups has just given us a sequel to 2015's Bearded—the story of a red-haired girl and her bearded bear traveling and having adventures.
I want to start off talking about the art—I know, I know, I'm usually a word guy—but these are "Picture Books," right? There's just something about the way that Billups draws these books that really works for me. Unlike, say, the art in Sea This and Sea That, with all the detailed backgrounds, there's a lot of whitespace around these drawings, which makes them jump out at you (which is the point of the white space, I know—I'm not good at talking about this stuff). I will admit I've flipped through the book a couple of times without glancing at the words (something I assume the target audience will do more often than me).
But that's not a reflection on the cute rhyming tour of the world seeing bearded animals (a guitar playing orangutan, cab driving markhor, and so on). There's a dash of education in there, because some of these animals aren't your typical Picture Book fare, too.
And, hey, a celebration of beards! I'm always down with that.
Not much to say about this, really. It's a fun follow-up to Bearded that should please the ears and eyes of the picture book readers in your home.