Cover image for You're missing it / written by Brady Smith and Tiffani Thiessen ; illustrated by Brady Smith
You're missing it / written by Brady Smith and Tiffani Thiessen ; illustrated by Brady Smith
Title Variants:
You are missing it
Publication Information:
New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2019]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 27 cm


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It's a lively day at the neighborhood park. Birds are singing, squirrels are frolicking, dogs are causing a commotion-and wide-eyed children are enthralled by it all. Too bad the parents are missing everything! It's going to take something really BIG to get them to disengage from their phones . . . This timely story, brought to life with beautiful bold art, is a great reminder to slow down and savor time together.

Author Notes

Tiffani Thiessen is an actress and the author of the cookbook Pull Up a Chair. Her television roles include White Collar, Saved by the Bell, and Beverly Hills, 90210. Currently she stars in the Netflix series Alexa & Katie. You're Missing It! is her first picture book. Brady Smith and Tiffani Thiessen are married with two children, three dogs, eight chickens, and one fish named Goldie Han Solo. They live in the Los Angeles area.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Married actors Smith and Thiessen take playful aim at cellphone-addicted caregivers in this exclamation point-filled debut. During a father-son outing to the park, a boy's dad remains glued to his phone despite the increasingly unusual things happening nearby. A roller-skating dog walker loses control of his mutts, a butterfly leads the boy-and a new friend, whose mother is also attached to her screen-to a grounded egg that hatches into a baby bird. "You're missing it!" the yellow-haired boy shouts to his dad after each incident. Finally, a sneezing purple rhinoceros evades its catcher, the whole ensemble (dog walker, dogs, baby bird, rhino) joins in the boy's refrain, and the butterfly lands on the father's nose. Happily, the dad sees what he's been missing and casts his phone aside. As the two run off together, the butterfly lands on the boy's friend, perhaps beginning the journey toward attentiveness anew. Smith's bold pen-and-watercolor illustrations pop with tropical hues that aptly emphasize how vibrant the real world is when compared to a screen. A refreshing and opportune reminder to put down the phone and eye the butterflies. Ages 3-5. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.