Posted by Venus on Friday, September 4, 2015
Labels: picture book review
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Note to self: If your teacher tells you to bring something from nature for show-and-tell, she does not want you to bring an alligator! But nothing will stop Magnolia, who's determined to have the best show-and-tell of all--until her reptilian rapscallion starts getting her into some major trouble. Now it's up to Magnolia to find a way to send this troublemaker home.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this story is that it is written in second person which is a rather difficult narrative viewpoint to maintain for any length of time although more doable in a picture book. Written in the same voice as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the book reads a bit like an instructional guide to kids about what not to bring to show-and-tell. The thing that really stood out to me though were the illustrations. Not only were they bright and lively, but there is a great mix of diversity and I am pretty sure Magnolia is of Asian descent.
Perfect for any time of year but especially for little ones who are just starting school.