SHAI & EMMIE STAR IN TO THE RESCUE! by Quvenzhané Wallis

SHAI & EMMIE STAR IN TO THE RESCUE!

From the "Shai & Emmie" series
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Age Range: 6 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A book about rescuing in which no rescue happens.

Shai, an African-American girl, and her white “bestie-best friend,” Emmie, play in the school orchestra at Sweet Auburn School for the Performing Arts. One afternoon, Shai spots a brown-and-white critter in her family’s backyard garden and assumes it’s a stray cat. She draws a picture of it and creates posters to figure out which neighbor has lost the cat. When Shai lures the animal with food, she sees that it’s not a cat but a rabbit, but being a city kid, she doesn’t understand that it’s wild. After Shai and Emmie capture it in a pet carrier, Shai’s veterinarian mother explains that the rabbit should live wild in the city. Shai then finds a better pet solution, even though their household already has eight pets. Besides its child-star author and the portrayal of a positive cross-racial friendship, this novel has little to recommend it. The art may give readers a point of reference for some scenes, but it adds little to the story. Furthermore, though children might appreciate Shai’s made-up words and phrases (“hunormous,” “sleepifying,” “lickety-clean,” “amazetastic”), this book’s readers, who are likely new to chapter books, may find them difficult to decipher.

Perhaps this series fills a reading niche, but this underwhelming third book in the series should be its last. (Fiction. 6-8)

Pub Date: June 19th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-4814-5888-7
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2018




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