How to Apologize – written by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka


How to Apologize by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka. Candlewick Press, 2021. 9781536209440

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? This book models how to apologize – don’t make excuses, be sincere, take action to fix your mistake if possible – with some correct and some incorrect but common examples. All of the scenarios include different animals, and the body language and facial expressions accurately depict children’s likely behaviors. The sweet ending sums up the message of the book: “It might be difficult, but apologizing will make you feel better. More importantly, it will make the other person feel better. And that’s why we apologize.” The text is simple and direct, and the illustrations add humor and flesh out the book. There is the potential for combining humor and apologizing to become insincere, but I thought the balance was just right. This is an entertaining book on a much needed topic that kids and adults will enjoy together.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This is a great book to use with children who need to apologize – so everyone! I would definitely recommend it to teachers, parents, school psychologists, and other educators to use as a humorous and fun way to discuss and model apologies so they are easier for children in the moment. 

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

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: July 14, 2021

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