A same-sex couple spends the day with their baby.

Narrated in rhyming couplets and told from the perspective of the baby (whose gender is left wide open), this story follows a new family through their daily routine. The day starts with cuddles and breakfast. After a fun outing to a farm, the trio enjoys singalongs on the drive home. Next comes a bubble bath, a cozy bottle feeding, and some quiet time, then it’s off to bed…but not before a bedtime story! Each activity is permeated with gestures of love and tenderness between parents and baby and between the two mothers themselves, whether it’s “a hug from Mommy, warm and tight,” a tickle, or Mama’s voice that is “soft and low.” In one scene, the entire family unit shares a joyous moment, dancing together in the sunshine. The moms—one of whom is White and the other, Black—care for the baby equally in complementary ways. The text flows along like a peaceful river, and the illustrations are full of gentle light, conveying an almost dreamlike serenity with their pastel, watercolorlike washes. The artwork has a subtle rainbow gradient running through it, and smiles abound on every page so that a palpable joy radiates from the center of the little, close-knit family. Read-aloud enthusiasts will quickly warm up to this sweet picture book, and many readers will appreciate its affirming portrayal of an LGBTQ+ and interracial family.

Lovely. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: March 1, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-338-81196-4

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Dec. 15, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2022


A spot-on series installment that imparts a valuable lesson on the importance of honesty.

Will Llama Llama come clean after breaking one of Mama’s prized possessions?

While Mama Llama gardens outdoors, Llama Llama and a friend who appears to be a young goat play inside. Their boisterous activities include pillow fighting, running up the stairs and sliding down the bannister, swinging from lamps, and jumping on the sofa—fun that is possible “Only when Mama is not there.” They move on to playing catch: Llama Llama throws vigorously, and the ball shatters Mama’s favorite picture frame. Uh-oh. What to do? The pair consider running to Kalamazoo. When Mama returns, Llama Llama first blames the wind, then a dinosaur, then a meteorite. Mama doubts these possibilities, and Llama Llama cries but admits to the lie. Mama praises his courage, and the three of them repair the frame. Later, throwing a pass outside, Mama breaks a window herself! With humor and sympathy, this tale brings to life a very common experience that will resonate with preschoolers. Mama reacts with model parenting, and Llama Llama quickly accepts the blame and the necessity of truth-telling. Morrow’s illustrations add both drama and a reassuring note. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A spot-on series installment that imparts a valuable lesson on the importance of honesty. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: Aug. 15, 2023

ISBN: 9780593352489

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 9, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2023


From the Big Bright Feelings series

A heartwarming story about facing fears and acceptance.

A boy with wings learns to be himself and inspires others like him to soar, too.

Norman, a “perfectly normal” boy, never dreamed he might grow wings. Afraid of what his parents might say, he hides his new wings under a big, stuffy coat. Although the coat hides his wings from the world, Norman no longer finds joy in bathtime, playing at the park, swimming, or birthday parties. With the gentle encouragement of his parents, who see his sadness, Norman finds the courage to come out of hiding and soar. Percival (The Magic Looking Glass, 2017, etc.) depicts Norman with light skin and dark hair. Black-and-white illustrations show his father with dark skin and hair and his mother as white. The contrast of black-and-white illustrations with splashes of bright color complements the story’s theme. While Norman tries to be “normal,” the world and people around him look black and gray, but his coat stands out in yellow. Birds pop from the page in pink, green, and blue, emphasizing the joy and beauty of flying free. The final spread, full of bright color and multiracial children in flight, sets the mood for Norman’s realization on the last page that there is “no such thing as perfectly normal,” but he can be “perfectly Norman.”

A heartwarming story about facing fears and acceptance. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: May 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-68119-785-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Review Posted Online: March 3, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2018

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