FICTION

Caveboy Crush

Abrams. Nov. 2019. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781419736568.
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PreS-Gr 1–When Neander meets cute redhead Neanne, he blushes and crushes hard. His initial attempts to express his feelings leave her unimpressed, and a bit confused, but gradually, they do prompt a more favorable reaction. Each cycle has the little boy search high and low for a grand gift, before presenting it to his favored one. Then with a “crush,” which is written in a bold colorful font, he crushes it. Neander’s determination pays off in the end, for a little twist that shows off the girl’s strength, brings the two together. Kuefler’s art has stylistic similarities to that of Jon Klassen’s, although, the humor is less subtly stated, for characters act in exaggerated ways. This works well with Ferry’s writing; characters speak in an affected “Neanderthal” speech.
VERDICT An amusing addition that shows younger children the beginning of a respectful relationship.

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