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Playtime for Restless Rascals
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Playtime for Restless Rascals
written by Nikki Grimes
illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, September 6, 2022
ISBN 978-1728238937

About the Book

Mom needs to wake up her child whose job is to play. From dancing in puddles to jumping in leaves, and swinging high enough to almost reach the sun, there's so much to do in a fun-filled day.

For those seeking children's books about diversity, this loving depiction of everyday shenanigans is sure to become a story time favorite. Playtime for Restless Rascals is an African American children's book that celebrates imagination, playful moments, and the love between parents and child.


The tale captures the drama of a full day of play, empowering children by letting them know that they can be experts, too. The illustrations are beautiful, vibrant, and full of action, with creative ways of displaying text. Any child-and-parent duo is sure to relate to this depiction of a hard day at play (Booklist)

Grimes crafts an outstanding story igniting a passion for play while mirroring its relationship to authentic work and the fundamental elements of true productivity: lunch, naptime, and winning (School Library Journal, starred review)

A stunning, warm story about the many ways that play sparks joy (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

This is a beautiful and lighthearted celebration of young families. Highly recommended as a gift for new parents and for lapsit storytimes (Youth Services Book Review, starred review)

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