Hurry Up!: A Book About Slowing Down
Hurry Up!: A Book About Slowing Down
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Hurry Up!: A Book About Slowing Down

Written by Kate Dopirak & illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
Published by Beach Lane Books
Prices as of Jan 27

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This reminder to enjoy life is masterfully executed and utterly enjoyable to read and reread.

From his first moments of awakening, one busy boy (with dog in tow) rushes at a frantic pace to get ready, get out the door, catch the bus, do his school work, and hurry home again. The stress induced by this pace (and the prevalent but untrue notion that busyness is akin to success—”hurry if you want to win”) is front and center as children scurry around to the increasingly abrasive call of “Hurry. Hurry. Hurry.” A world of gray horizons (with color in only the boy’s immediate surroundings) blossoms into one of full color as the boy hearkens to the call to “STOP,” slow down, breathe, explore, marvel and “Look around, for goodness’ sake.” The readers’ experience mimics that of the boy’s and one may find oneself taking a deep breath and enjoying the little details as the pace changes with a subtle reminder that life (and particularly childhood) is meant to be experienced, not rushed. This mindful and intentional read feels authentic rather than contrived or preachy—in part aided by its use of illustrations to tell a story—and is a welcome reminder to stop and smell the roses.

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Book Details

Publication Date
May 19, 2020
Page Count
Reading Age
0 - 8 years

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Core Score - 44%

Still needs the basics.

Depth Score - 28%

Just the barebones.

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