Ideas Are All Around

Philip C. Stead

Ideas Are All Around

Philip C. Stead

In this innovative picture book Phil Stead takes his dog Wednesday on a walk around the neighborhood with the hope of finding an idea for a new story. In the end both Phil and the reader learn that ideas really are all around—you just have to know what to do with them when you find them.

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  • “Stead has given readers a deeply felt, deeply connected story that is homage to creation—and really quite brilliant.”

    Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

  • “A carefully thought-out design, from typeface to page weight, makes the book a pleasure to look at and handle. This succeeds, as the title says, at showing that ideas are everywhere, and it will spur readers to find creative sparks of their own.”

    Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

  • “The art is glorious, creatively mixing small photographs—presented as Polaroids—with ink and watercolor paintings... a provocative, artful journey.”

    School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

  • “Stead’s bits and pieces of drawing and observation, his willingness to lay bare his uncertainty, and his rough sketches of the natural world don’t form a polished or seamless whole. Yet their very fragmentariness tells an important truth about the way artists begin to create.”

    Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW