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Lenain, Thierry

What If...

(3) K-3 Translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick. Illustrated by Olivier Tallec. From his perch on "his island," a boy imagines solutions to problems he sees (such as famine: "What if we lasso the clouds and bring rain to the desert?") as painterly art interprets his musings. The premise of this French import may sound twee, but the ending delivers a wallop: all along, the boy has been trying to decide whether to be born. (He decides yes.)

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