I CAN OPEN IT FOR YOU
By: Shinsuke Yoshitake
Published: September 26, 2023
Publisher: Chronicle Kids
A boy is frustrated that he can’t open things by himself. A tricky chocolate wrapper or a bottle of juice are things he wishes he could open himself. Instead, he has to get his mom’s or dad’s help. He just wishes he were big enough to do things by himself.
Yoshitake creates accurate illustrations that depict a young boy’s frustrations and struggles with opening things. The onomatopoeias in this story are surprisingly accurate. What does it sound like when you open a can of soda? Phssst! Kids will love making these sounds on the page and can even mimic opening the items.
The young boy dreams of having a magic wand that will allow him to open anything he wants…cans, jars, bottles, animal cages, and houses. But, until then he will have to keep asking Mom and Dad for help and most importantly, remembering to say thank you.
For kids who struggle with being small or want to be more independent, this book is silly enough to help them realize that eventually, they will be big enough to do all kinds of things,
Shinsuke Yoshitake is the author-illustrator of many award-winning picture books. His books have been translated into more than 10 languages. He lives in Japan.