Shh! Quiet. Roger is reading. Roger is reading a book.
If you have ever lived in an apartment or tried to read a book or attempted any task in the presence of small children, then you can relate to Roger is Reading a Book by Koen Van Biesen.
Published in English by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Van Biesen’s illustrated delight features the eponymous Roger trying to read while his neighbor, Emily, enjoys hobbies of her own–loud hobbies. The illustrations are simple and sumptuous, a combination of intricate line drawings and digital photography. The lines are repetitive but enjoyable and leave much of the action in the mind of the reader.
The message of the book is clear–in order to have a good neighbor, one must be a good neighbor. And that is a lesson that we can all stand to hear again, especially when it is expertly executed by a skillful wordsmith and illustrator.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, Josh is reading a book.