Buster Bickles’s big ideas are always getting him into trouble. But when Buster gets to test the newly invented What-if Machine, anything Buster imagines becomes reality. Packed with rivers of chocolate, robot dinosaurs, and eggs-ray vision, the world becomes Buster’s creation in this fantastically creative picture book by debut author-illustrator Dave Wasson.
I love that this book encourages creativity and big ideas! It’s so fun to read through all of the big ideas Buster has, and think of what you big ideas you would think up with the what-if machine! I also love how Buster’s mother reacts to her son telling her the kids at school don’t like his big ideas. She has created a support system for Buster to validate his ideas, and Buster later shows his class how amazing his big ideas are!
Hip hip hooray for innovative, big ideas and families that encourage them! I love that when Buster feels brought down by his peers, his mom turns to their extended family to help show Buster love, support and validation for his ideas. Yes, they’re zany (and we wouldn’t actually want the world to be made of ice cream!), but if you start thinking big when you’re little, hopefully you never stop! The illustrations are definitely on the edgier side of cartoon-esque and add to the craziness of Buster’s Big Ideas.
Oh this book is full of imagination and wonder! We love it around here. My son was convinced that he and his daddy could build a “what-if-machine” just like Buster. He has lots of what-if ideas and would be over the moon if they could come true with a special machine. This book encourages little ones to think big and share the ideas we have with others. Even if no one else around us seems to like them, keep trying and eventually we can discover that they are useful to someone, somewhere.
<p>Like Buster, artist Dave Wasson grew up bursting with ideas. His creativity led him to CalArts, the school that Walt Disney built, where he studied animation and filmmaking. Since then, he has worked on cartoons for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network and is currently writing and directing the new series of Mickey Mouse shorts for the Disney Channel. His commercials, cartoons, and films have won numerous honors, including an Emmy Award.</p><p>Dave has two boys who also like to ask “What if . . . ?” He can usually be found in his Pasadena, California, studio, which looks a lot like a mad scientist’s laboratory. </p>