Youth Services Book Review

Jessica’s Box – Peter Carnavas

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        Jessica’s Box – Peter Carnavas, Kane Miller, 2015.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 5

What did you like about the book? Wheelchair-bound Jessica is going to school for the first time. She thinks if she brings something special, the kids will like her so she brings her teddy bear. Not so special. She brings cupcakes – they are devoured and then the kids are gone. She brings her dog, a super hit but dogs are not allowed! She gives up and hides inside the box she has been using to bring her treasures to school. This works with one special little boy. An enchanting tale with sweet, moving illustrations.

What didn’t you like about this book? Nothing at all.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Read some other books by Peter Carnavas like “Last Tree in the City”, “The Boy on the Page” and “Oliver and George”.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, kindergartens and lower elementary grades

Where would you shelve it and why? Picture books

Should we (librarians/Readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Gardner High School, Gardner, MA

Date of review: 2/27/2015

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