Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture Books
What did you like about the book? When his parents are away, a young prince is left in charge of Avala. Armed invaders come into the kingdom, kidnap the prince and lock him far away. With the help of a little dog, the prince escapes and wearing his red pajamas heads back to the castle. Along the way he is assisted by many of his subjects. Returning to the castle, the prince is amazed to find that all of the citizens of Avala are dressed in red to help the prince stay hidden. When he ventures from the crowd and is captured, the citizens once again band together and chase the invaders away “…never to return.” This is a powerful story about the strength of community. The bright digital illustrations are almost cinematic in scope and complement the storytelling.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This would be a good choice for units on community and the strength of many, even against an armed enemy.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 1/22/17