Kirkus Reviews QR Code
COOLER THAN LEMONADE by Harshita  Jerath


A Story About Great Ideas and How They Happen

by Harshita Jerath ; illustrated by Chloe Burgett

Pub Date: March 7th, 2023
ISBN: 978-1-72825-429-6
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

An entrepreneurial young girl of South Asian descent draws inspiration from her cultural heritage.

It’s summer, so Eva decides to set up a lemonade stand. After all, her head is always “swirling with ideas.” But competition arrives in the form of her neighbor Jake. Resourceful Eva comes up with new ideas (special flavors, flyers to spread the word), but nothing seems to work—Jake is always one step ahead of her. Despondent, Eva gives up, but when her little sibling, Aru, asks her to make kulfi, a frozen, milk-based treat, she’s struck once more by inspiration…and, this time, moved by the collaborative spirit. The text makes heavy use of repetition (each idea “snaps,” “sizzles,” and “sprouts!”). The digital illustrations are engaging, especially the little details scattered around Eva’s household and neighborhood, and the layout is reader-friendly; this one should make for an immersive read-aloud that will have readers impressed by Eva’s perseverance and can-do spirit. A note from Jerath explains that kulfi is often sold by street vendors in India during the summer; an appended recipe lets intrepid readers try their own hand at whipping it up. Jake is light-skinned; the neighborhood is diverse. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

Sure to encourage budding young business owners to follow the protagonist’s example.

(Picture book. 4-6)