Little Red Rolls Away – Linda Whalen, illustrated by Jennifer E. Morris

   Little Red Rolls Away – Linda Whalen, illustrated by Jennifer E. Morris, Sleeping Bear Press, (9781585369874), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  2

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  This is a picture book that was conceived to reassure children dealing with change. An anthropomorphic red barn is moved from the country to become part of an amusement park’s petting zoo.  The barn finds itself hoisted onto a flatbed truck, then onto a barge, then back onto a truck to reach its new destination.  The barn misses it’s friends, but Bossy Cow, Rooster and Piglet, are waiting for him at the petting zoo along with some new friends.  The illustrations complement the story well with cute cartoon like eyes on the barn and the trucks.  The inside back cover contains information and advice on “How to Hep Children Adjust to Change.”

Anything you didn’t like about it?  The main problem with the story is that when children move, they usually leave their friends behind.  Having Bossy Cow, Rooster and Piglet at the new home detracts from the whole premise of change.  

To whom would you recommend this book?  It might be somewhat useful as a story about moving and change, except for the friends being at the new home.

Who should buy this book?  Larger public 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:          5/15/17             

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