Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Sparkle Boy by Lesléa Newman -- ADVISABLE

Newman, Lesléa Sparkle Boy, illustrated by Maria Mola. Lee & Low Books, Inc., 2017. $17.95.

Jessie loves to wear anything that sparkles, shimmers, or glitters. As a girl, she's comfortable in such things. But when her little brother shows an interest, she shuts him down, pointing out that boys don't wear sparkles. When their parents let him wear them anyway, Jessie is embarrassed and angry. Will Jessie be able to keep her sparkles all to herself, or will she finally allow her little brother's inner glimmers to shine through?

I've been hearing about this one and was very glad to have a chance to read it. I love that it encourages children to embrace their own sense of fashion, and the sibling struggle feels true to life. Unfortunately, it's a bit wordy; if it were more succinct, I think it would have a stronger impact and also be easier to share with classes during read-aloud time. Still, it's a nice one to have on the shelf for kids who need the encouragement to be themselves.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewed by Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

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