Schwartz examines sibling power dynamics in this humorous and ultimately empowering tale.
Hannah is an easy target for Dee Dee. She’s younger and shorter (Dee Dee says the brains are in the 5 1/2 inches of height Hannah’s missing), and she longs for her sister’s acceptance. But after one too many manipulations, Hannah learns to assert herself—and now she’s sure her brains are growing! Reflecting a genuine, multifaceted sibling relationship, Dee Dee also shows compassion, mending her sister’s beloved bear. With ease, Schwartz shows readers how to become one’s own advocate, so that all can feel respected in play. The illustrations, done in pen and ink and colored with gouache, have an energy reminiscent of Madeline, and the charmingly detailed patterns and backgrounds feel timeless. The artwork equally highlights the contentment and peace one can find in independent play and the joy and creativity found in playing together.
Bright and captivating, this new take on sibling relations is a needed tale for all. (Picture book. 3-7)