See You Someday Soon – Perfect Picture Book Friday

In this fun, heart-filled book, a child is missing a special person who lives very far away. Their missing isn’t sappy or sentimental. No. No. No, it isn’t. It’s expressed in a childlike way.

Text ©Pat Zietlow Miller Illustration ©Suzy Lee

Someday soon,

I’ll see you.

Even though

you are there.

Text ©Pat Zietlow Miller Illustration ©Suzy Lee

And I am here.

So very far apart.

Notice the rain as a metaphor for tears.

The child is impatient, of course, as all children are. They want to see their special person “Right this minute.” This illustration shows and acknowledges the child’s sadness (now with real tears), a joyful memory that brings on the sadness, while the text expresses the child’s impatience. A perfect marriage of showing and telling.

Text ©Pat Zietlow Miller Illustration ©Suzy Lee

I want to

hop on a rocket.

OR strap on a jet pack.

Or build my own catapult.

Text ©Pat Zietlow Miller Illustration ©Suzy Lee

So I can fly through the sky,

land in your yard, and knock on your door.

Would you be surprised?

But the child knows this is impossible….because of mundane things like school, soccer, and parental jobs.

Plus, rockets and jet packs and catapults cost money.

Even if you build them yourself.

Every time I read this, I smile. So true to a child’s logic. PZM is wearing the cloak of childhood completely in this narrative. The illustrations by Suzy Lee, drawn in a child’s naive style on what could possibly be construction paper, are also pitch perfect. Die cuts add humor and surprise as you move through the pages. Can you spot the cuts in the pages above?

The narrative plays out other scenarios for how children now cross the distance barrier, through phones and computers, all with humorous results. But none of these visits are as satisfying as being with the special person they love. In the end or “someday soon,” the child finally finally finally gets that hug of love they’ve been pining for all along. The last illustration, with an overturned chair, spilled coffee mug, and strewn papers, shows just how much that special person has been missing the child, too.

This book is a beautiful container for all the feelings that kids (and adults) have about missing someone and wanting to be with them. It’s told in a funny and poignant way. Happily, never sappily.

My prediction? Another NYTimes best seller that’s going to become part of many permanent home collections.

Activities:

Write a letter to someone you miss. Imagine all of the different ways you can get there (that don’t include planes, trains, or cars). Make a map of your travels and different transportation devices, and send your map with the letter.

Make a list of all the fun things you enjoy doing with your special person (people). Draw pictures of those activities, and send each picture (without any words) to your special person to remind them of all the things you will do or have done together.

Pair this book with Nonni’s Moon by Julia Inserro, illustrated by Lucy Smith.

Title: See You Someday Soon

Author: Pat Zietlow Miller

Illustrator: Suzy Lee

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press, 2022

Themes: missing someone, love, imagination

Ages: Pre-K through 3rd grade

For more perfect picture book recommendations, please visit Susanna Hill’s website.

8 thoughts on “See You Someday Soon – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. Sarah Tobias says:

    Wow! Once again, two artists merge to create something poignant and beautiful.

    On top of that, Suzy’s art makes me want to play in my sketchbook even more. Test out inks and lines and colors that feel retro.

  2. ptnozell says:

    I love the minimalist feel of Miller’s latest – it really lets the emotions take center stage. This one’s definitely going on my TBG (to-be-gifted) list for my new grandson. I also love the suggested activities.

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Thanks, Patricia! It brings out all of the feels, as I’m just getting ready to take my son to college, too, LOL. And as you pointed out, it’s a great gift book that is sure to be read a lot!

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