December 11, 2017

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I Walk with Vanessa by Kerascoët | SLJ Review

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redstarKERASCOËT. I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness. illus. by Kerascoët. 40p. Random/Schwartz & Wade. Feb. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781524769550.

PreS-Gr 3 –A picture book without words, but with images that speak volumes. This story, inspired by true events, follows Vanessa along her journey as the new kid in school. Like most new students, she feels nervous and even unwelcome at first, and she is treated unkindly on her walk home. Another child notices the bullying and decides to befriend Vanessa the very next day. What happens next is unexpected and quite beautiful as the whole school comes together to stand by Vanessa and show how a small act of kindness can unite an entire community. Created by a husband-and-wife team of illustrators who are known for their work on the critically acclaimed graphic novel Beautiful Darkness and most recently the picture book Malala’s Magic Pencil, Kerascoët’s latest book is powerful in its simplicity. The illustrations explore the various feelings of hurt, powerlessness, and anger that arise when being bullied or witnessing bullying, and the many positive feelings that accompany acts of acceptance and inclusion. A special afterword with advice for children and adults on how to help those who may be bullied or hurt is appended. The message is powerful: one small act can make a difference and change the world. VERDICT A simple, beautiful story with an empowering lesson and call to action. Recommended for every library.–Elizabeth Blake, Brooklyn Public Library

This review was published in the School Library Journal December 2017 issue.

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  1. Moira McGrath says:

    Sounds like a great read!

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