Imogene Comes Back!

Knopf. Sept. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593123744.
PreS-Gr 2–This is a charming follow-up to Small’s Imogene’s Antlers. It all starts one day when Imogene wakes up to find that a pair of antlers had grown on her head overnight. The next day, a peacock’s tail has sprouted. This parade of peculiarities is only just beginning. Every day Imogene wakes up with a new surprise. The excitement is just too much for her family, especially her poor mother who simply can’t cope. True to herself despite the curious new features, Imogene is able to find the best in every situation. While sporting a long giraffe neck, she discovers a lost football. With her elephant trunk, she is able to water the entire garden. Despite Imogene’s positive attitude, it is all too much for her family, and just as they are about to give up and send her away, Imogene wakes up as herself without any additions. And then there’s a twist! The illustrations are soft and colorful in Small’s signature style.
VERDICT This sweet and funny story has an important message about acceptance. A highly recommended purchase, especially for fans of the first book.

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