In Every Life (Hardcover)
March/April 2023 Kids Indie Next List
“Sometimes it takes an upside-down world to see what is most important to all of us. Frazee’s sublime genius is her signature warmth of spirit, line and shading, and most importantly, the warmth of love. Such an exquisite gift for all!”
— Maureen Palacios, Once Upon a Time, Montrose, CA
In Every Life is a singular treat! The structure is a universal idea written above a group of illustrations, followed by a breathtaking, unifying illustrative spread. It seems impossible for this idea to be entirely new, but in my many years of picture book buying I have not seen it before. The freedom accorded to readers of all ages is magnified by the impact of the images gathered together and then reimagined as singular. Truly it must be held in hand to be appreciated.
— From The Holiday Twenty
In every life, there is love and loss, hope and joy, wonder and mystery. With glowing art and spare, powerful text, Caldecott Honor–winning creator Marla Frazee celebrates the moments, feelings, and experiences, both big and small, that make up a life.
Marla Frazee is the recipient of a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Picture Book and a two-time Caldecott Honor winner. She has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, Stars by Mary Lyn Ray, and Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, as well as her own Farmer Books trilogy, A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, and The Boss Baby, which inspired the DreamWorks Animation film. She is also the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Clementine chapter books by Sara Pennypacker. The mother of three grown sons, she lives in Pasadena, California. Visit her at MarlaFrazee.com.
"Readers looking for picture books featuring people who look like them: rejoice!... Fellowship is precisely the feeling that [Frazee] captures here, in uplifting word and luminous image."
— Shelf Awareness For Readers, *STARRED REVIEW*
* "This book is a meditation on gratitude, full of intricate symbolism.... The overall mood is slow, steady, and soothing. The combination of the spiritual words and the prosaic moments alternating with grand panoramas bestows a magnitude to the minutiae of the everyday. The characters are diverse in every sense of the word, representing a myriad of families and lived experiences. While the book’s brevity is appropriate for a read-aloud, children will want to examine the illustrations closely.... Simultaneously simple and majestic, this benediction of a book is recommended for first purchase."
— School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
* "This brief, stirring benediction... starts with new life. A rich trove of moving images lets Frazee range over an expansive constellation of human experiences, offering fodder to explore and discuss."
— Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
* "Providing opportunities for observation, conversation, and reflection... This lyrical blessing of a picture book belongs on every shelf."
— Kirkus Reviews, STARRED