Going Up!

Kids Can. Apr. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781525301131.
PreS-Gr 1–Sophie and her dad are invited to a birthday party on the 10th floor of their building. After making their favorite cookies to bring along, they hop into the elevator on the first floor. Doors open and close, punctuated by “Going up!” as more neighbors join them, until the increasingly cramped conveyance spills out the merry crowd at the very top, revealing a surprise for readers. Chua’s exuberant mixed-media illustrations depict a delightful array of guests of all ages, genders, races, and ethnicities, from the tough, tattooed brothers Santucci to the primly suited Vi Tweedle and the dancing Flores family.
VERDICT A celebration of diversity and a lively portrayal of neighborly conviviality at its best, this story will put readers in a party mood, wherever they live.

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