This gem of a picture book is a brain-builder for toddlers and preschoolers. Each page features an illustration of a child building a structure – a tower, a fort, a box building, a tent – and the opposing page shows a photo of a real building that mimics the child’s construction. The short story not only encourages children to imagine and build, but plants the idea that their dreams could become real structures someday. The last few pages of the book include information about each building and a very short biography of each architect. Kirkus Reviews named this title a Best Book of 2012, and described some of the featured works:
Mud pies are compared to Hassan Fathy’s all-earthen New Gourna Village (Luxor, Egypt); beachfront sand castles to Antoni Gaudí’s soaring La Sagrada Família Basilica (Barcelona, Spain); busy LEGO® projects with Moshe Safdie’s modular Habitat 67 housing (Montréal, Québec); cardboard-tube models to Shigeru Ban’s amazing Paper Tube School (Sichuan Provence, China); tongue-depressor/Popsicle-stick and white-glue crafts with the vertical slats of David Adjaye’s Sclera Pavilion (London, England); and the “soft forms / tumble making / ever-changing / caverns, secret spaces” of pillow forts with Frank Gehry’s curvilinear Guggenheim (Bilbao, Spain).