As a children literacy and art advocate I look forward to any opportunity to discuss Here Comes Ingo in front of an audience that is eager to engage with a wonderful visual story that exemplifies a progression of thinking leading towards love, kindness and inclusion. Page after page of hand-crafted collages filled with fun details and wrapped in Disney-like colors encourage children to resist feeling discouraged in front of the unexpected or the unknown. Much like Ingo, they are to rely on their own ability to embrace what at first may seem strange & confusing. Young readers are invited to put their thinking hats on and figure out what the characters are thinking, feeling and doing thus gaining valuable skills such as predicting, inferring, reasoning, sequencing, structure flow and attention to detail.
Most importantly, what sets this picture book apart from the rest is the ability to present children with fairly sophisticated art concepts such as figurative art collage in a relatable way. Each page lures pre-schoolers (3-5) and school age children (5-8) into immersing themselves further into Ingo’s dream world by adding their own ideas and expanding on the story as far as their imaginations takes them via drawing, coloring and painting directly ON the page.