I should probably preface this review by admitting that I probably would not have read this book had it not been for the fact that the synopsis mentioned it featured a multiracial family and that was exciting to me. It Came From Under the High Chair by Karl Beckstrand and illustrated by Jeremy Higginbotham follows a story about what can happen when your child throws their food beneath the chair instead of eating it. It’s a fairly cute story and I loved that the family was biracial. It sends a great message about cleanliness, which is amazing.
I can certainly see children engaging well with the book. They’ll probably love the food monster and illustrations. I imagine kids will find it quite amusing to see all the ways that dropped food can hide from parents. The subtle message this book sends about being clean and not throwing all your food around is a good one. I’ll admit that, for me, the story itself was somewhat boring. So, while I loved a lot about this book, I definitely don’t see it as one that I’d be excited to reread over and over again with an eager kid.
What I did deeply appreciate seeing was the fact that the family featured characters of different races. Even better, it was written in both English and Spanish. So, while you can read the story in one language first, you can go on to read it in another immediately after. And this could be great for teaching kids multiple languages. You don’t see books showing off multiracial families very often–or at least, I haven’t–and to see this was really exciting for me. I hope to see more of it in the future.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.