Pax and Blue – Lori Richmond

  Pax and Blue – Lori Richmond, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781481451321, 2017

Format: Hardcover

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

 Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? The slow simple  adventure  of Pax and his friend pigeon Blue mirrored the steady pace of a true friendship. Blue followed Pax into the subway, scaring the riders, but Pax knew his friend, what he needed, and was there to help him. The satisfying ending reinforced the most enduring friendship value, “he knew he would see Blue again tomorrow morning”. The art style of tranquil backgrounds, bright action forefront focuses on the two friends perfectly, the dialogue descriptive but not distracting.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Urban families and children that are exposed to pigeons and subways, value based classrooms that foster friendships, parent and grandparents that enjoy sharing a simple story.

Who should buy this book? Preschool and elementary librarians, families that hope to foster community building values and friendship.

Where would you shelve it ?  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:  March 10, 2017


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