March 24, 2018

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Morris Mole by Dan Yaccarino | SLJ Review

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redstarYACCARINO, Dan. Morris Mole. illus. by Dan Yaccarino. 40p. HarperCollins. May 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062411075.

PB-Yaccarino-MorrisMolePreS-Gr 2 –Morris the mole is unique in his family. His brothers spend their days digging, eating, and sleeping. Morris is smaller than his siblings and follows a slightly different routine. One day the moles discover that they have run out of food. Morris has a suggestion that he thinks can save the day. When Morris attempts to inform his brothers about his idea, he is ignored. Morris proceeds to go on an adventure filled with twists and surprises along the way. Vibrant and bold colors contrast with the dark backgrounds. Black space adds depth to the tunnels that the moles continuously dig. White space is used to depict Morris’s eventual emergence aboveground. Morris sports a blue checkered suit, which makes him stand out easily from his brothers. His choice in outfit mimics his equally distinctive personality and thoughts. This engaging read-aloud illustrates how an outsider can help solve problems in ways that members of a unified group may not have considered, and encourages children to be open to accepting and exploring different points of view. It also demonstrates how teamwork can benefit everyone. VERDICT Morris may be small, but he can indeed do big things; a must-have for all shelves.–Deanna Smith, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY

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