Note from Elena Reads: I’m excited that another one of my best friends is doing a guest review for my blog. I’ve known Tori since kindergarten. A couple years ago we read the Harry Potter series together, and have written stories and songs over FaceTime during quarantine. She’s reviewing What Do You Do With An Idea by Kobi Yamada. Check out her review:
By Tori Y., age 12
What Do You Do With An Idea by Kobi Yamada is a book about not being scared to share your thoughts and ideas with others.
In this short, but inspiring book, a little boy finds that he has an idea. At the beginning, he doesn’t know what to do with his idea; he’s scared that people will make fun of it, or think that it’s silly. He walks away from it, and pretends that it’s not his. After some time, he gives in, and starts to care for his idea. He puts so much thought and attention into his idea, that it started to grow. Eventually, his idea had spread everywhere, and became a big part of his life.
What I really like about this book is that it shows you there is nothing wrong with your ideas. It helped me, even as a middle schooler, realize that it’s good to share your ideas with others because it could lead to something big. It made me think about how the most successful people got to where they are by sharing their ideas. The illustrations in this book really helped it come to life; most of the illustrations are black and white, but when his idea comes around, they start to have color. I like how the idea is presented as a physical thing. This showed that an idea can make the world that much better. It also is a message to show that everyone should be heard; sometimes, the greatest ideas come from the people we least expect.
I would recommend this book to anyone. Some older kids and adults think that it’s silly to read picture books, but this book is inspiring and brings an important message. We all need someone to tell us that our ideas and voices matter.
This book is amazing! I would rate it four out of four roses!