The Liszts like to make lists, so much so that their house is littered with them, and even the family cat (and Grandpa Liszt) has picked up the habit. Mama Liszt comes off as a hypochondriac with an affinity for soccer players. Papa Liszt keeps track of household chores and his growing entomologist collection. Winifred Liszt, the eldest child, writes many varieties of her “Top Ten,” while Frederick Liszt, the youngest, makes lists of all the fun things there are to do in the world. Edward, the middle child, makes the longest lists, though–until an unknown visitor arrives (one who is not on anyone’s list).
The Liszts is a charmingly illustrated children’s book reminiscent of something I think I’d see in a Wes Anderson film (big kudos to Júlia Sardà for that). The story is easily followed along by tiny humans and teaches them to be open to the unexpected–to relish a chance for spontaneity. Kyo Maclear and Júlia Sardà make a great team, and I hope they collaborate on another children’s book in the future.
Kyo Maclear • Julia Sarda, Illustrator