Format: Loose paperback pages
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Little red-haired Lili is happy to have hair just like her Mom’s “I am the way I am. I’m Lili Macaroni.” She makes up songs and reads her favorite books out loud. She draws polka-dotted butterflies and counts stars at night. When she begins school, she is happy until other kids make fun of her name calling her Macaroni-and-cheese and then make fun of her wild red hair and her freckles. She tries to scrub her freckles off; decides she no longer likes macaroni-and-cheese. “Why didn’t Mom, Da, Grandma, or Grandpa tell me that it wasn’t good to be Lili Macaroni?” She decides to change how she looks but realizes that if she does, she will not be herself. With her Dad’s help she draws a beautiful polka-dotted butterfly, cuts it out and pins it to her shoulder for the next day at school. She explains to the teacher why she has done this and then to the rest of the class. The following day many of the children come in with their own butterflies pinned to their shoulders. Lili proves herself to be strong, courageous and resilient. The artwork is wonderful in expressing the emotions of Lili and the students.
Anything you did not like about the book. I was puzzled by Lili reading her books aloud to herself and then going to school to learn the alphabet. Perhaps she was making up the stories in her head as they were read to her but this was not clear.
To whom would you recommend this book? This is yet another story about liking and accepting yourself as you are. Parents might use it as a child is beginning school or a kindergarten teacher might read it at the beginning of a school year.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Manager, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 7/2/2019