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LOLA KNOWS A LOT by Jenna McCarthy


by Jenna McCarthy ; illustrated by Sara Palacios

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: June 7th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-06-225017-9
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins

A little girl starting school for the first time already knows a lot of things, but her big sister’s got her worried others will know more.

So little Lola lists out for readers some of the awesome things she can do. She can drive the car…from the back seat; teach her mom (yet again) how to work the remote control; and play the piano (only one song, but she’s great at it). Dad doesn’t always appreciate her setting him up to show off what she knows at his expense, and though Lola has a talent for driving her sister crazy, “I’m not saying you should try it. I’m just saying I happen to be especially good at it.” And readers should take her word for it that they shouldn’t cut their own hair. Among the tongue-in-cheek lessons Lola has learned are some gems about siblings, eating healthy, and life: “practicing isn’t as fun as doing. But I also know you can’t get good at anything without a lot of practice.” Palacios’ blonde, white, tutu-clad tot is wonderfully self-assured, self-confident, and exuberant, all of which come through in the digital illustrations, which are a mix of watercolor, colored pencil, and cut paper.

By the end, there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Lola’s learned the most important thing of all: she’s “ready to learn all the things I still don’t know.” (Picture book. 4-8)