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Alien Tomato

Page Street. Jul. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781624149764.
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PreS-Gr 2–Peaceful life in a garden is upended when a mysterious red ball suddenly arrives. The vegetables eagerly welcome their new friend, while a grumpy gopher resents the warm reception. Refusing to believe the new visitor is, as the vegetables think, an alien tomato, he abducts the red ball—and is gleefully abducted in return in a surprise twist ending. Vivid, large-scale illustrations complement the story’s lighthearted and humorous tone. With only a few sentences per page and peppy dialogue that invites audience interaction, this book makes for a lively storytime read. It is sure to entertain young readers, while encouraging a valuable discussion on kindness.
VERDICT This welcome addition to picture book collections is likely to become a read-aloud favorite for preschool and lower elementary school audiences.

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