WHAT IS IT? is KaBOOM’s very first children’s picture book. Written by Nicole Hoang with illustrations by Dustin Nguyen, it tells the story of a young girl who discovers a strange creature in a nearby forest. Throughout the tale, she tries to understand just what this creature is, as each new discovery leads to mischief.

What Is It?

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First and foremost, this is a very sweet book. The story itself is told in a rhyming fashion, which adds a nice charm. The storytelling is simplistic without being mundane. One of the main themes throughout the book is discovery, a theme driven by the introduction of the mysterious creature. Hoang builds a slow reveal of the creature’s appearance before our protagonist hones in on the creature’s more dangerous attributes. Each interaction effortlessly flows into the next one, building to an (anti-) climax which is in itself quite funny.

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With each page of Hoang’s words we are also treated to some beautiful painted illustrations by Dustin Nguyen. His work on DESCENDER, STUDY HALL OF JUSTICE, and BATMAN: LI’L GOTHAM are gorgeous pieces of comics art with WHAT IS IT? a continuation of his wonderful style. He lends a colorful weight to Hoang’s story, his drawings the perfect image for the text. While the monster is a fantastic design of pink furry craziness, Hoang never loses sight of who the story is about: the girl. Inquisitive, brave, and full of humor, she’s not afraid to investigate this lumbering, hairy beast. One of the most  positive things I can say about this book is that while a girl may be the hero of the story, it doesn’t feel like it’s just a book for girls. It’s an adventure story for every child and that sends a very positive message out into the world.

What Is It?

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With art that feels light and full of adventure, WHAT IS IT? is a charming book with a great sense of inquisitive fun. WHAT IS IT? is sure to entertain a child of any age. This is one for your bookshelves!

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