By Leo Lionni
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Board Book, 9780375825286, 28pp.)
Publication Date: August 12, 2003
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Here is a Leo Lionni book for the very youngest! “What shall we do today?” two mice ask each other. “Read a book? Pick flowers? Go swimming? Play ball? Climb a tree or gather leaves? Play hide-and-seek or dress-up? Talk on the telephone–until it’s time to say good night?” Lionni’s award-winning graphic art is at its best in this very simple board book that begs to be shared with a baby or toddler.
Leo Lionni, an internationally known designer, illustrator, and graphic artist, was born in Holland and lived in Italy until he came to the United States in 1939. He was the recipient of the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was honored posthumously in 2007 with the Society of Illustrators’ Lifetime Achievement Award. His picture books are distinguished by their enduring moral themes, graphic simplicity and brilliant use of collage, and include four Caldecott Honor Books: Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Hailed as “a master of the simple fable” by the Chicago Tribune, he died in 1999 at the age of 89.
“Two spry mice come up with a lot of simple ways to enjoy themselves . . . Lionni’s impish, child-friendly collages add to the overall lighthearted feeling.” —Parenting Magazine
“Let's Play by Leo Lionni finds two playful mice climbing a tree, eating cheese, playing dress-up and having fun all day long.” —Publishers Weekly