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If I Couldn’t Be Anne Book Review

Join me for a book review of a new picture book release: If I Couldn’t Be Anne, by Kallie George and illustrated by Genevieve Godbout.

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If I Couldn’t Be Anne by Kallie George and illustrated by Genevieve Godbout | A Picture Book Review

Eek! I’m so excited to share this beautiful new picture book with you. If, like me, you are enthusiastic about all things Anne, you will love this new picture book from Tundra Books.

What I Love About If I Couldn’t Be Anne

I was blown away by the beautiful illustrations in this delightful Anne of Green Gables inspired children’s book. The pastel and colored pencil art by Genevieve Godbout captures the spirit of Anne, as well the visual details one might imagine from L.M. Montgomery’s original descriptions. I love how Anne is so frequently surrounded by her beloved trees and flowers.

Interior pages of If I Couldn't Be Anne, a picture book.

The text is inspired by Anne’s wanderings and imaginings in the original book. In this picture book, Anne imagines all the various things she would be if she couldn’t be Anne, Anne with an e.

The wind, a lily maid, a fancy lady drinking tea in a “grown-up-ish” way. We even see the green hair disaster! Long-time fans of Anne will recognize these callbacks to the original story and love the book for that.

What to Know About If I Couldn’t Be Anne

But, those references that make the book so endearing will also perhaps make it confusing to a young reader. The context of knowing Anne’s adventures is what really gives the text its meaning.

Anne, a character in the picture book, "If I Couldn't Be Anne" by Kallie George.

What Age Range Is If I Couldn’t Be Anne written for?

Readers familiar with Anne will certainly gain the most enjoyment from this picture book rendition (myself among them). If you are a fan of L.M. Montgomery’s delightful character, then yes, you need a copy of this book!

Suggested age range is 3-7, but I think any Anne enthusiast will love having this sweet book and gorgeous illustrations on their bookshelf.

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