The Possible Police by Wylde Scott and Hannah K Shuping, out October 15, 2014
What happens when you remove all obstacles to a child’s imagination? Anything is possible. Unless of course, you let The Possible Police stop you. They will do whatever it takes to stop children from believing. Wylde Scott believes that all children should live in a world of endless possibilities. In this beautifully illustrated picture book, Wylde takes your child into his boundless imagination as he fights off the possible police. Join him as he inspires children to truly believe, and teaches them that no one can stop them from doing what they dream.
Reading this was kind of like witnessing the origin story of a modern day Dr. Seuss. Beginning with the childlike Wylde Scott alone in bed with hir dreams, a visit from the eponymous Possible Police propels a lively rhyming paean to the individual imagination. Soft focus illustrations tending toward angelic pastel pinks and yellows cast Scott as a bright beacon contrasted with the darkening trio of mustachioed cartoon cops with sly “PP” badges on their comically ridiculous hats. It’s a story of “No, you cant,” versus “Yes, I can,” sure to inspire creativity and confidence in young readers.
Fun Fact: The first known use of “possible police” occurred in “Simpsons Safari” (season 12, episode 17: April 1, 2001.)