A charming new story from the author of Guess How Much I Love You offers an original–and heartening–take on childhood anxiety. Once there was a girl called Mindi who was afraid of something that no one else could see. This thing that she was afraid of, this thing that no one else could see, was a big goose. It came into her room as quietly as a thought comes into your head. . . . When a little girl named Mindi says she is being visited by a big goose–a scary creature that is visible only to her–her devoted dad and mom try everything they can think of to drive it away. But maybe some outside assistance is warranted from their wise friend Austen, a farmer who knows what is needed to help Mindi turn her mind to something new. In a sensitive exploration of childhood fears, Sam McBratney, the author of Guess How Much I Love You, narrates with charm, wit, and a touch of whimsy, while Linda Ólafsdóttir’s delicate illustrations enhance the modern fairy-tale feel in a story that is sure to become a bedtime favorite.
Sam McBratney is the author of the best-selling Guess How Much I Love You, illustrated by Anita Jeram, a modern classic that continues to captivate children everywhere. More than forty-seven million copies have been sold in fifty-seven languages worldwide. Sam McBratney lives in Northern Ireland.
Linda Olafsdottir draws, paints, and writes from her home studio in in Reykjavík, Iceland. She has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and received Reykjavík’s Children’s Literature Award in 2016. Play? is her debut book as an author and illustrator.