IN PLAIN SIGHT by Richard Jackson
Kirkus Star


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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Readers will tune up their observation skills while spending time with a grandfather and granddaughter who keep life interesting.

Sophie, a light-brown–skinned little girl who lives with Mama, Daddy, and Grandpa, has a special relationship with her grandfather. Every day of the week, when Sophie arrives home from school, saying, “Here I am, Grandpa,” he pretends to have lost something that he needs Sophie’s help to find. There’s a paperclip, a favorite paintbrush, a rubber band, and more—all of which are hidden “in plain sight.” Jackson and Pinkney’s quiet snapshot of one week in the life of a close-knit African-American family shows how significant intergenerational relationships can be for both children and seniors. Grandpa, who uses a wheelchair, looks forward to his daily time with Sophie as much as she awaits hers with him. Pinkney’s exquisitely detailed watercolor paintings are a feast for the eye, and the challenge of finding some of the hidden objects will also make readers observe closely. A tabby cat, who seems to have as much personality as the humans, appears on every page and will remind readers familiar with Pinkney’s work of the animals in other picture books he has illustrated such as Sam and the Tigers and The Lion and the Mouse, although this feline has no anthropomorphic characteristics.

A fabulous family story with something for the young and old alike. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 6th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-62672-255-2
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Neal Porter/Roaring Brook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2016


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