Where's My Mask?

Children - General
28 Pages
Reviewed on 11/13/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Where's My Mask? is a work of fiction focusing on the themes of current social and health issues for children, and was penned by author Cody Wittekind with illustrations by artist Eryono. Written with the current pandemic health crisis in mind, this is a highly informative and educational work for children which talks about necessary precautions such as wearing a mask, washing your hands, and adjusting to the new normal with friends and at school. Our protagonist is a cheerful little cat called Annie, who experiences the changing world around her and celebrates her ability to do the right thing and contribute to the wider safety of everyone around her.

Author Cody Wittekind has crafted a beautiful and upbeat book that will inform and entertain school-aged children, as well as becoming an important bonding and educational tool for their parents, relatives, and guardians. Some of the things which I most enjoyed about the work were the clear formatting, keyword placement to get the message across, and the general idea that children can help and take charge of their own actions if they understand the rules well enough. In terms of illustrative quality, artist Eryono brings Annie and her family to life in a way that looks like television show characters come to life in book form, which will certainly be wonderfully engrossing and visually appealing to the target audience. Overall, Where's My Mask? is both an empowering and comforting work for children during this tricky time, and I would highly recommend it to families everywhere.

Jack Magnus

Where's My Mask? is a children’s social issues picture book written by Cody Wittekind and illustrated by Eryono. Annie the cat was so excited to be seeing her friends Ollie and Shay at the park today! They’ve only been on the computer together ever since their school decided to make their classes online. Annie’s Grandma is taking her out today. First, they’re stopping at a store to get some things Grandma needs. Annie is amazed at how empty the store is, and she notices how there are blue circles to stand in while waiting to check out with the cashier. Finally, they’re in the park. Grandma is setting up a picnic lunch while Annie runs to meet her friends. Everyone is so happy to see each other. It’s going to be such a fun afternoon.

Where’s My Mask? explores the way the pandemic has affected kids, their parents, and family. We see mom and dad at home, working, and watch as a delivery person brings them groceries ordered online. Throughout the story, everyone seems to be missing their mask, which often happens to be somewhere on the back of their head or close by. Books like these show kids that the strange things happening to them are actually normal for this year; everyone is missing school and friends, and wondering when they’ll be able to go out and play without masks and social distancing. Eryono’s illustrations are the perfect accompaniment for this story. They make Annie, her family and friends feel real, and the masks everyone wears are actually fun and look great. The pandemic will ease up eventually, but until that happens, kids will continue to feel the impact of it more so than just about everyone else. Where’s My Mask? by Cody Wittekind goes a long way to helping kids perceive what’s going on as normal for right now -- and that’s a very good thing. It’s most highly recommended.

Barbara Fanson

Children—and parents—will love Where’s My Mask? by Cody Wittekind because it covers a current topic in an easy to understand way. Annie is sad and scared and can’t find her mask. She realizes how important a mask is so she knows she has to find it. Can her two friends help her find it in the tall grass of the park? But, Annie’s not the only one who can’t find a mask. Grandma couldn’t find her mask when they stopped at the store. Can you find the third friend who can’t find his mask? Children will love the illustrations, especially how Annie rolls down the hill. Well done! Author Cody Wittekind has written a fun story during a not-so-fun pandemic but is not dictating or pushing in featuring today’s normal. Teachers, parents, and children will enjoy this adventure book with its very subtle social issue undertones.

The illustrations in Where’s My Mask? will draw children into the book while the entertaining story of friendship will keep them interested. Author Cody Wittekind has written a delightful story about friends playing in the park with subtle reminders of wearing a mask and caring about others, with a sprinkle of empathy, caring, laughing, and current social issues weaved quietly into the enjoyable children’s story. But when one of them loses her mask, the others help her look for it. Illustrator Eryono has created some adorable, fun-loving characters for this children’s picture book. The artwork shows emotion in Annie’s face when she loses her mask or the joy of seeing her grandma.

Asher Syed

Where's My Mask? by Cody Wittekind, with illustrations by Eryono, is a children's picture book aimed at pointing out the importance of wearing a mask for the health and safety of both children and all those who surround them. The book begins with Annie and her family already feeling the effects of quarantine. Annie hasn't seen her friends in person since school went online, her parents are both working from home, and the groceries are being delivered to the house, which prompts her father to ask the titular question as he collects the delivery. Annie's grandmother takes her to the park to meet her friends, which brings on new changes once more.

Where's my Mask? is the latest addition to a wave of children's books making their way into homes that deal with COVID-19 and the impact it has on kids worldwide. The message is a good one as Cody Wittekind walks Annie through several instances of change, particularly during and after a store stop and at the park where Annie and friends find their usual games to be a little difficult with their masks on. With regard to the writing itself, sometimes the condensed texts were hard for my littlest guy to follow. The true star of this book is Annie and the fantastic illustrations by Eryono, who brings so much color and life to the story that, as it is a picture book, could almost tell the story without much of a narrative. Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I'm sure others will feel the same.