Covered in Adventures by Gillian Hibbs

Covered in Adventures by Gillian Hibbs. Child’s Play, 2021. 9781786283481

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

Format: Hardcover

Genre:  Realistic/picture book

What did you like about the book? Sasha loves her old, dirty sweater. When her dads want to get rid of it, or at least wash it, she explains to them that the sweater is not dirty: “It’s covered in adventures!” She tells them where all the splotches, stretches and stains come from – it’s stretched out from its use as a flag on the high seas, sticky from a volcano experiment, grass-stained from a great soccer save, etc. Finally, Sasha’s dads buy her a new sweater. Sasha realizes that it wasn’t the sweater that made her adventures happen – “…it was the person wearing it!” And she’s ready for more.

This cheerful picture book celebrates an adventure loving girl and the sweet understanding with her two dads. Sasha has brown skin, and has dads of different races, and diverse friends and classmates. I love how excited about having adventures of all kinds Sasha is, and how her parents support her. The primitive style art portrays people and objects simply, with spreads that are full of Sasha’s personality. Littler readers will enjoy looking for Sasha’s sweater on each spread. Adventure loving readers will identify with her priority of adventures vs cleanliness. A fun read!

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  For ages 4-8, especially families with adventuresome girls.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Near the top

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: January 15, 2022

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