Catalanotto, Peter The Newbies Atheneum (Simon and Schuster), 2015. $17.99 PICTURE BOOK
soon going to be a big brother for the first time. It hasn’t even happened yet
but things are already changing. So one morning while eating breakfast Luke
imagines going away with new parents ‘The Newbies’, that have all the time in
the world to spend with him. But its not quite what he expected.
I am sure that
children would understand the feelings that Luke has about change, but I am not
sure many kids would go so far as imagining they would go away with a new set
of parents. I honestly think some readers may think he was kidnapped or having
a nightmare. The illustrations are washed out and dreamy, not my favorite,
though I guess it captures that imagination tone. Ivan the terrier from my
favorite book by this author/illustrator did make an appearance though!
EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL
Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.