A Space for Me – written and illustrated by Cathryn Falwell

  A Space for Me – written and illustrated by Cathryn Falwell, Lee & Low Books, 9781620149638 (hc), 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? This is a relatable story that addresses the age-old complaint of having to share a room with a sibling. Alex is a middle child who’s envious of his older sister Emma having her own room while he must share with their boundary-breaking younger brother Lucas. Alex decides he will take matters into his own hands and build his own private spot outside after the masking tape divider fails to keep Lucas in check. Emma helps Alex build the perfect space, and that’s when he notices Lucas staring forlornly out the window. Kind-hearted brother that he is, Alex helps Lucas build a companion private spot in the yard. A truce is drawn and we see the boys playing together in the yard and in their shared room. The illustrations are brightly colored and detailed. The text is easy to read, perfect for early elementary. Perhaps it’s a bit bland for read-aloud but perfect for a young child to try to tackle independently.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Any middle child or one who has had to share a room would appreciate this story.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 3/23/2020

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