Academic journal article Language Arts

Are We There Yet?

Academic journal article Language Arts

Are We There Yet?

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Are We There Yet? Written and illustrated by Dan Santat Little, Brown, 2016, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-316-19999-5

Playing on the typical car trip refrain asked by weary young travelers, Are We There Yet? invites readers to imagine what happens "when your brain . . . becomes.TOO . . . bored?" As with his Caldecott-winning The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, Santat surprises readers, this time with an allegory on the gift of boredom to help us savor the present. By literally turning a boring situation upside down, readers are invited to turn the book upside down to see where the protagonist's boredom has taken him. When ominous scenes of the Wild West, a pirate ship, a medieval joust, and the Sphinx of Giza fail to unhinge our young traveler from boredom, a resounding "ROOAAAR" catches his attention.

Like the boy in the story, readers will be astounded by the adventures that follow. …

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