MY COUSIN MOMO by Zachariah OHora


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Age Range: 3 - 7
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Momo’s cousins are excited for his visit, but they have trouble figuring out how to play with him until they accept him on his own terms.

Momo arrives with his world-traveling suitcase and a friendly smile. He’s a flying squirrel, but he won’t show off his skills for his cousins’ forest friends. Mom and Dad are full of good advice: “Give him some time”; “Just make him feel welcome!” Momo tries to join in his cousins’ games, but nothing works out right. When they suggest playing superheroes, he dresses up as a giant pink Muffin Man. He even messes up hide-and-seek! When his cousins get angry, a tearful Momo packs his bags, leading his cousins to think “maybe we had gone too far.” Strong lines, bold, matte colors, and crisp white space focus the attention on the characters’ feelings. OHora uses spare language and expressive figures, giving young readers room to reflect on the squirrel cousins’ actions. The turning point, when the cousins realize how they have hurt Momo, takes place in a wonderful wordless spread. Soon the cousins realize that trying out new things can actually be a lot of fun.

OHora’s story soars, encouraging acceptance and being true to yourself. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: June 2nd, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-8037-4011-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2015


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