FICTION

Avocado Asks

Doubleday. Jan. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593177938.
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PreS-K–Avocado is enjoying life in the supermarket, until one day they wonder: Are they a fruit or a vegetable? After being rejected by the fruits and veggies, the avocado goes to find what they are, and learns a bit about self-confidence along the way. In this story, Abe offers a delightful tale of finding one’s place using objects and foods children are familiar with. The vocabulary is perfect for younger kids who can use the illustrations to help them read, and the text stands apart from the drawings. Text and design are so intertwined that the story feels like a young reader’s graphic novel on some pages, providing visual context clues with the character’s expressions and surroundings. The designs themselves are also pretty, with the main characters always being shown in contrast to the grocery section on display. Overall, Abe has created a nice trip to the grocery store about avocados, tomatoes, and confidence in oneself.
VERDICT A delightful tale to help readers figure out where they belong, and, if a wise tomato is any indication, why that question may not even matter.

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