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When a couple moves into a new home, neighbors stop by to welcome them.

As the book starts, a young couple (he with pale skin and red hair, she with ever-so-slightly darker skin and brown hair) open the door to their new home. They are pleased to have “this great new house.” One by one their neighbors show up and enter the house. Some come bearing gifts, such as the pregnant black woman who arrives with fruit or the white baker who’s baked a three-tiered cake. There is also a bodybuilder, a clown, a three-person band, a cowboy on his horse, a basketball player, a nurse, a cop, and even a pirate with a peg leg, hook hand, and parrot. (Of these enumerated, only the black basketball player and the brown-skinned policewoman appear not to be white.) The house is filling up, but the visitors are still arriving. Eventually a giant nose shows up and with a giant (and rather disgusting) “Ah… / CHOOO!” sneezes everyone away. As the couple cleans the plentiful green snot up they decide this might not be the place for them after all. The colorful illustrations have a quirky goofiness to them, but it is hard to see who the intended audience for this board book may be. With not a child in sight, or even a child-oriented topic (aside from the snot), it is clearly not a book for babies despite the format.

Not for babies or toddlers but maybe for middle-graders in the gross-joke phase or perhaps a house-warming gift for a friend with a strong stomach…? (Board book. 10 & up)

Pub Date: Oct. 11th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-938073-93-9
Page count: 60pp
Publisher: McSweeney's McMullens
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2017