A GIFT FOR SADIA

Perry draws on experiences working with ESL students for this tale of a sad young Somali immigrant who connects with an injured Canada goose. Lonely, knowing no English, and colder in her snowy new home than she’s ever been, Sadia feels isolated at school, but develops a kinship with the grounded bird she sees outside her window. Finally, against her mother’s wishes she begins sneaking out to feed it—and later it repays the favor, in a way, by leading a V of other geese past her schoolroom window just as she’s trying to remember what letter of the alphabet follows “u.” Using wax crayons in somber colors, Perry captures Sadia’s low spirits in the pictures, so that though faces and other details are crudely drawn, children may come away from the episode sympathizing with her and happy that, by the end, she’s feeling at least a bit more at home. (Picture book. 7-9)

Pub Date: April 1, 2005

ISBN: 0-9755675-1-9

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Buttonweed Press

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2005

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THE RECESS QUEEN

Positing that bullies only act that way because they’re lonely, O’Neill (Loud Emily, 1998) puts seemingly meek, new classmate Katie Sue up against aggressive Mean Jean, swaggering boss of the playground. Knowing but one way to deal with challengers (“she’d push ’em and smoosh ’em, / lollapaloosh ’em, / hammer ’em, slammer ’em, / kitz and kajammer ’em . . .”), Mean Jean roughly tries to set Katie Sue straight on the pecking order. But Katie Sue stands up to her with a cheeky, “How DID you get to be so bossy?” and pulls out a jump rope, inviting Mean Jean to jump along. Presto change-o, a friendship is born. Huliska-Beith’s (The Book of Bad Ideas, 2000, etc.) rubbery-limbed figures, rolling perspectives, and neon-bright colors reflect the text’s informality as well as its frenzied energy. Though the suggested strategy works far more easily here than it would in real life, young readers will be caught up by Katie Sue’s engaging, fizzy exuberance. (Picture book. 7-9)

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-439-20637-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2001

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DAVID GOES TO SCHOOL

The poster boy for relentless mischief-makers everywhere, first encountered in No, David! (1998), gives his weary mother a rest by going to school. Naturally, he’s tardy, and that’s but the first in a long string of offenses—“Sit down, David! Keep your hands to yourself! PAY ATTENTION!”—that culminates in an afterschool stint. Children will, of course, recognize every line of the text and every one of David’s moves, and although he doesn’t exhibit the larger- than-life quality that made him a tall-tale anti-hero in his first appearance, his round-headed, gap-toothed enthusiasm is still endearing. For all his disruptive behavior, he shows not a trace of malice, and it’ll be easy for readers to want to encourage his further exploits. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-590-48087-1

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1999

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