Away – Emil Sher, Illustrated by Qin Leng

719wxftvzglAway – Emil Sher, Illustrated by Qin Leng, Groundwood Books, 9781554984831, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating:1-5  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: picture book

What did you like about the book? The realistic dialogue, cleverly displayed on Post-It notes, slowly evolves into a very familiar emotional journey for Skip and her single mom and Mimsy, her grandmother, as she adjusts to accepting, and attending a sleep away camp.  This new process and the difficult “good bye”, along with Skip’s daily life of school, haircut, her cat and her grandmother’s visit, weave a “give and take”  fabric of love, acceptance, risk taking, leaving and personal growth. I appreciated Qin Leng’s subtle, clever watercolor illustrations of Skip, avoiding typical female gender pigeon holes, allowing her to be more accessible to all readers.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Parents of children adjusting to overnight camp, Single parents looking for books reflective of their family story, all parents and grandparents reading and connecting to children in busy times!

Who should buy this book? Elementary School and Public libraries

Where would you shelve it ?  Children picture books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 

Date of review: 2/6/2017


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