Who is Ana Dalt? – written by B.D. Cottleston, illustrated by Marcin Piwowarski

     Who is Ana Dalt? – written by B.D. Cottleston, illustrated by Marcin Piwowarski, Flowerpot Press, 9781486718108, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? This is a humorous book, though it is all centered around who Ana Dalt is. Kids will likely relate to the many situations that these children are prevented from doing because they are only for “Ana Dalt.” There is a small amount of text, so some kids would be able to start reading it on their own and it’s not too long for a read aloud. I also appreciated the fact that the child is biracial and not obviously female or male, though the child’s identity is significantly not important to the story. 

Anything you did not like about the book. I haven’t yet read this with young kids, but I do wonder if the joke would have the same affect being read aloud as it is in print. 

To whom would you recommend this book? I think most kids would enjoy and relate to the book, but especially someone who enjoys a book like Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, public librarians

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: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts

Date of review: Nov. 3, 2019


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