The Same But Different Too by Karl Newson, illustrated by Kate Hindley

91AN+3l-WJL._AC_UY218_ML3_The Same But Different Too by Karl Newson, illustrated by Kate Hindley. Candlewick Press, 9781536212013, 2019

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 cute book of comparisons between different people and animal characters. Readers will see how some people and animals are similar, with the same hair color, or interest in the same foods or activities. There are also differences between these same characters. While the comparisons in the text are kept light, there are opportunities from the illustrations to discuss racial and gender differences as well among the many characters. The illustrations are colorful and whimsical and will appeal to many children. 

Anything you did not like about the book. No

To whom would you recommend this book? This would make a great read aloud for a class or individual child to discuss comparisons. Read-alike with Same Same but Different (Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw), It’s Okay to Be Different (Todd Parr) or Big and Little Are Best Friends (Michael Garland). 

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: April 17, 2020

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