By Stephen Kroninger
Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books
Out of print
Stephen Kroninger is a multi-media artist. As a commercial artist his work has appeared in Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New Yorker and The New York Times. As an animator he’s produced work for Nickelodeon and HBO. In addition to If I Crossed the Road, he’s published two other picture books for children.
He works with cut paper, magazine clippings and photographs to create his vibrant, uncluttered collage art. It’s bold, colorful, whimsical and so much fun.
If I Crossed the Road is an utterly uncomplicated story about young boy and all the things he would do, if only he was allowed to cross the road. Though the thing he’d most like to do is quite simple, his wild imagination brings him to the farthest reaches of the universe.
This over-sized picture book starts out;
“My mom says I’m too little to cross the road by myself. But I’m not too little to THINK about it.”
If he could cross the road, he’d ride his bike to the park and play ball.
Maybe he’d visit his grandpa, or go fishing.
Perhaps he’d even get ice cream…in outer space!
And no matter where he goes, his dog is always by his side.
But what’s the thing he’d most like to do, if only he could cross the road?