The Amazing Idea of You

By Charlotte Sullivan Wild
Illustrated by Mary Lundquist
Bloomsbury, February 5, 2019
ISBN 9781681191836
* Starred Review Publisher’s Weekly

This gorgeous, lyrical picture book celebrating new life is the perfect gift for any child or expecting parents.

Hidden within a tiny seed is the idea of a towering tree. In a nest, curled inside an egg, waits the idea of a bird, of the songs she’ll sing and the skies she’ll fly. Tadpoles, caterpillars, and waddling goslings all hold the promise of leaps, brilliant colors, and migrations. Yet nothing compares to the promise of a child.

With simple grace, The Amazing Idea of You celebrates the glorious potential in living things and in every child. Fans of Emily Winfield Martin will delight in this loving, gorgeously illustrated story.


“In Lundquist’s clear, airy art, the child grows older, planting new apple trees as a young adult. At last, she picnics with her own children in the orchard she has grown: ‘All around are apples . . . And every last one/ has an idea inside./ Just like you.’”   ~ * Starred review, Publisher’s Weekly

“Opaque, spring-bright colors in the watercolor, pencil, and gouache illustrations… complement the text’s suggested importance of a human connection with nature. … [A] bedtime read-aloud about big ideas and the promise in everyone”   ~ Kirkus Review