Ella and Penguin Stick Together

illus. by Rosalinde Bonnet. 32p. HarperCollins. Jan. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062330888.
PreS-Gr 1—Ella and Penguin are wonderful friends, and Ella has a surprise-new stickers! But these aren't just any stickers; they're glow-in-the-dark stickers. However, in order to see them, Penguin will have to go into the scary dark of the closet and he doesn't like that idea at all. They try the stickers in other not quite dark enough places, such as under an umbrella, in a laundry basket, or even in the bathtub with the shower curtain closed—but with no luck. Finally, Ella is able to convince Penguin to give the closet a try. The wonder of the glow-in-the-dark stickers proves to be worth facing the dark, showing that maybe it's not so scary after all. The watercolor and pencil illustrations are sweet and add a subtle humor to the story and the soft lesson it's teaching.
VERDICT Recommended for general purchase.

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