I recently finished a book in Dutch named Binnen bij de buren (My neighbours in my building/Visiting my neighbours, unsure which translation works best, haha) which had a little girl living on the 7th floor tell us about her neighbours, which I absolutely loved. So when I saw this book on Netgalley featuring the same-ish premise just now with a town? I just had to have it. Plus, that cover was just too pretty.
And this book just made me cry so much. Because it is inclusive, it is beautiful, it is wonderful. It features families of all forms. Not just m/f with kids but also f/f and kids, or a single dad. There is even a dad who is trans and how that was written was just beautifully done. And then that older couple on the hill? I loved that one, because that is me and my husband in many many years. At least I hope so. We don’t want any kids (mostly for health reasons). Just want to be together. And so we see that each house in this little town has a special family living there. Everyone has their beautiful happy lives, and I am just so happy that kids these days get to read books like this. That kids get to see that there is not one family, but that there are countless ways of being a family. These are the books we need more of. That need to be showed prominently.
The art was just superdupermegaepically wonderful. Really, that style was just beautiful. I love the colours used (mostly yellow/orange/brownish with splashes of blue/green and bits of others). I am definitely going to see if this illustrator has more works~
All in all, I would HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone. Read it!