#MebookoftheMonth February 2018 - What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada
Updated: Jul 25, 2018
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
“(I don’t often) pen books, because I’m usually busy with the business. But this was one of those cases where it was a story that needed to be told.” - Kobi Yamada on What Do You Do With An Idea?
What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada is February's #MebookoftheMonth. It is Yamada’s first time writing a children’s book, but it had breakout success, winning Independent Publisher Book Award for Children's Picture Books! Yamada has since become a New York Times Bestselling Author.
What is this book about?
What Do You Do With An Idea? tells the story of a little boy who suddenly finds himself with an idea which is illustrated as a golden crowned egg with legs. He was overwhelmed by the ‘idea’ initially, unsure what to do with it and so he tried to deny its existence. But the ‘idea’ was persistent and would not leave. But as time passes, they grow closer and blossom together, bringing about a miraculous change to the world.
We love it because...
Mae Besom, the illustrator, integrates grey throughout the story to emphasise our day-to-day lives and colour to depict the extraordinary - only the ‘idea’ and the path it walks is coloured. As the story progresses, we see more colour being injected into the pages, suggesting the endless great things an idea can bring us.
Yamada also touches on the common issue of self-doubt. This little boy is uncertain of himself as a result of people’s judgements and decides to abandon the idea at one point, but is overcome by the thought that any idea is to each his own. To enhance this point, in some pages, Besom also uses a clock to symbolize time, marking points in the story when the little boy spends an abundant amount of time on his ‘idea’, causing it to grow and blossom over time.
As a whole, this book encourages readers to empower our ideas to grow and to become everything possible as long as we remain resilient.
The concept of an idea can be hard for a child to conceptualise, so it might be a good idea to explain how past inventions came to life because the owner of the idea owned it and believed in it.