Hello World!

Flamingo. Apr. 2021. 44p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593206065.
Gr 2-4–A young girl, who is biracial, and her dog set out into the world with a scooter and a smile. It is unclear where they are going, only that it is the beginning of a journey. The world is full of exciting things and friendly people, but also populated with bullies and boredom. However, our protagonist remains eternally optimistic, chatting with everyone she meets and learning about their hopes and dreams. Ebert’s illustrations are vibrant but gentle. Some characters are shown with grotesquely exaggerated expressions, but for the most part people look generally content and peaceful. Characters are depicted as being of various ages and with a range of skin tones. Corrigan’s quirky text features numerous key words that begin with B: People wear beards and braids and buns and burkas. They burp, bobsled, and backstroke. All the businesses begin with B: banks, bowling alleys, bakeries, burger shops, and beauty salons. The book implores readers to start conversations with people, a hopeful and inspiring message for building community.
VERDICT The abstract nature of the narrative allows this title to apply to many situations: going to a new school, moving to a new town, or even reentering the world after a long quarantine. A recommended purchase.

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