The Big Sibling Getaway – Korrie Leer

 The Big Sibling Getaway – Korrie Leer, Albert Whitman & Company, 9780807528310, 2020 

Format: ARC (Hardcover available September, 2020)

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

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? There are going to be big sisters and brothers everywhere that will be able to identify with this book! In this story, a young girl named Cassie is struggling to adjust to her new baby brother. Her home now seems to be even more crowded and even more loud than ever before. Her brother cries all the time and Cassie is at her wits end. She notices a large cardboard box and she uses this for her escape plan. The box first becomes a car and she races it up and over the mountains until she reaches the ocean. The only problem, she can still hear the crying. Now she uses the box as a boat, then as a hot-air balloon, and then finally as a rocket ship. It is only when she has travelled far out into space that she can no longer hear her baby brother crying–but now she hears nothing and she becomes extremely lonely. She takes her rocket ship back home to be with her family–crying brother and all. One day she will continue her adventures–this time she will bring her baby brother along so she won’t be lonely!

Children will love the silly illustrations in this book. At one point Cassie thinks she has landed on a beach in the middle of the ocean, but she is really on top of a huge whale. I also loved all of her facial expressions–I am sure this is very representative of what children may go through when they have a new younger sibling.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children over the age of three–especially if they are expecting a new sibling. This book can be used as a tool to help older siblings express their feelings about having a new little brother or sister.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children over the age of three years old.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, sibling books are always needed by parents to help prep the older sibling.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: June 19, 2020

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