FICTION

Bunny in the Middle

Christy Ottaviano Bks Holt/. Jul. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250120366.
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PreS-Gr 1–The dandy duo who gave us Pigs Love Potatoes and Baking Day at Grandma’s adds a jewel to their literary crown in this chronicle of the challenges and (mostly) positives of being a middle child. Anthropomorphic bunnies on double-page spreads share a lot and fuss a little. Our narrator is the sole girl; she gets homework help from big brother then pushes a tree swing for the littlest sibling. The author deftly describes precise situations that require compromise—the strength of many “middles,” and concludes with a reminder that “...the best part of middle is you are loved all around.” Denise employs Photoshop, Procreate and pencil for scenes brimming with affection. He ably draws rolled eyes over hand-me-downs, cautious side-glances assuring a sibling’s safety, and tranquility with being alone in a meadow.
VERDICT This creative team parents three girls and here shares insights honoring the child who’s sometimes overlooked

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