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Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth
Contributor(s): Jeffers, Oliver
ISBN: 0399167897     ISBN-13: 9780399167898
Publisher: Philomel Books
    OUR PRICE: $18.00  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: November 2017
Annotation: In this salutation from Earth, the chronicler gives a tour of the planet and introduces those who call it home.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / New Baby.; bisacsh
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | New Baby
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | New Experience
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017041776
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.30" H x 9.90" W x 0.40" (1.25 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):

Oliver Jeffers ( makes art and tells stories. His books include How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found, which was the recipient of the prestigious Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award in the U.K. and was later adapted into an award-winning animated film; and the New York Times bestsellers Stuck; This Moose Belongs to Me; and Once Upon an Alphabet. He is also, of course, the illustrator of the #1 smash hits The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, both written by Drew Daywalt. His fine art is world-renowned and his dip-art exhibitions are a much sought-after event. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and young son. Follow him @OliverJeffers.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
Inspired by the birth of his son, Jeffers offers those new to the planet information and advice, which, boiled down, is: be kind to Earth, animals, and other humans. The book's potential for preachiness is skillfully avoided by its down-to-earth chattiness, its own admission that "you will figure lots of things out for yourself," and the lighthearted illustrations featuring amusing labels and asides. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

"These are the things I think you need to know," writes Jeffers (A Child of Books), dedicating this contemplative and heartfelt book to his young son. Each spread highlights aspects of this planet or life on it: the solar system, people and animals, the way time can seem to move slowly or quickly. "Use your time well," he advises. "It will be gone before you know it." Throughout, Jeffers channels the voice of an adult who knows things but perhaps still struggles to find the right words to explain them: "Generally how it works is that when the sun is out, it is daytime, and we do stuff." After discussing land, sea, and sky, he admits that the sky "can get pretty complicated" (dotted lines separate the "air we breathe" from the "stratosthingy" and "outer space," among other labeled celestial and meteorological entities). Moments of human intimacy jostle with scenes that inspire cosmic awe, and the broad diversity of Jeffers's candy-colored humans—musicians, hijabis, nuns, explorers, potentates—underscores the twin messages that "You're never alone on Earth" and that we're all in this together. Ages 3-7. Agent: Paul Moreton, Bell Lomax Moreton Agency. (Nov.)The pub date of this book has been updated.

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 November)

Baby-Toddler—Jeffers uses his clever, effervescent cartoon style to welcome a new baby to planet Earth, "the big globe, floating in space, on which we live." He makes an effort to impart "the things I think you need to know" on his infant son by giving him an overview of the landscape via diagrams and fun drawings and what he might expect to encounter as he grows and becomes more mobile ("we'll talk some more about [the sea] once you've learned to swim.") His words are by turns philosophical, humorous, and practical. "People come in many shapes, sizes and colors. We may all look different, act different and sound different…but don't be fooled, we are all people." He stresses the need to be patient, to use one's words, and to be kind. He encourages the child to ask questions and leave notes behind for those who follow. Most importantly, the child should remember to look after this lonely planet as it's "all we've got." The playful narrative and lovely warm palette of the artwork are inviting and the sage advice, while a bit beyond even the most precocious of babies, will appeal to hip new parents embarking on their own uncharted territory. VERDICT A sweet and tender distillation of what every Earthling needs to know and might well spend a lifetime striving to achieve. A must-purchase for new parent shelves and anywhere the author's work is popular.—Luann Toth, School Library Journal

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.