Pen Pals by Alexandra Pichard

  Pen Pals by Alexandra Pichard, Simon and Schuster Kids, 9781481472470, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or starred review)  5

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Charming, witty and funny. This is a story of two friends who become pen pals, an ant and an octopus. The book is written as letters back and forth from each friend and the letters are hysterical. They talk about their hobbies, life and future plans of meeting each other one day. One day the octopus tells of his trip to the Great Reef where he found a whole tube of sunscreen and then came home to his mother making him hot chocolate and plankton beignets. When ant’s field trip to the ocean gets canceled, and, thus, ant won’t be able to see octopus, octopus comes up with a surprise for ant that saves the day. I especially liked the format of the book with the letters and the drawings which were partly stick drawings. This book is great.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book

To whom would you recommend this book?  This would be for an early elementary school class that encourages children to write to children from different cultures.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and all public libraries.

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s 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: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: March 8, 2017

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