Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Holly worries about the “What if”s of life so much so that she may miss out on a lot of fun things! Luckily, her father is there to reassure her and offer solutions. Being brave and bold may be hard, but Holly is willing to face fears by the end to be a heroic big sister!
Shum utilizes the full-page to tell the story, even incorporating white space well to highlight Holly’s imaginative mis-adventures. The bright colors of this book are eye-catching and the animal characters are endearing with their expressive faces. The story itself is very simple but relatable to children who also have anxieties surrounding everyday activities. Young readers or listeners will be able to easily draw their own conclusions to the parallels between her father’s reassurances and Holly’s own actions by the end of the story.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The story seems to be too big for the book and feels condensed at some points (such as the first page, where the title coincides with the beginning of the story). This is forgivable, however, as the text and images play so well together at most points.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommended for families hoping to ease fears or anxieties of a very young one (ages 2-4). This can also be recommended for a toddler who loves stories of hippos or sisters. A great storytime addition for summer!
Who should buy this book? Childrens’ library collections (public and school)
Where would you shelve it ? Picture book collection
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes! A quick read from the “Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase.” I would highly recommend reading “Bug Zoo” by Andy Harkness from this same collection.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA
Date of review: April 27, 2017