Doesn’t everyone love a parade?
Beginning with Veteran’s Day, generally the first parade in the school year, and progressing chronologically, Denish and Franco capture the joyful chaos of long-standing parades like Thanksgiving, Chinese New Year, and Fourth of July as well as more recent or localized parades such as Pride Mardi Gras or the celebration of a sports championship. Most events are recognizable from illustrative or textual clues, but an informational paragraph about each parade in the backmatter clearly identifies each parade and its history. Vibrant, full-bleed illustrations show a diverse, multigenerational community participating in and enjoying each parade. Four lines of rhyming text describe each parade’s distinctive sights (“Friendly faces floating high. / Unicycles whizzing by. / Jazzy kickers, / Candy lickers”) and sounds (“Ladies clogging, clicks and claps”; “Firecrackers! Boom. Fizz. BAM”). The book’s title acts as a refrain for each spread. But wait! There’s an asterisk at the end of the title—why? There are two reasons. Readers will discover the first at the end of the main text and will want to carefully review the illustrations in Where’s Waldo? fashion now that they know the one sort of person who does not love a parade. A careful read of the author’s bio provides the second reason, in the description of her preferred way to enjoy a parade.
A festive celebration of America’s more common parades. (Picture book. 4-8)