It Is Not Perfect

Amazon/Two Lions. Apr. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781542016629.
PreS-Gr 1–Two fuzzy creatures, one large and one small, admire the sandcastle they have created. The big one declares it perfect, while his little friend feels it just misses the mark. He decides to add flags and is now satisfied that it has reached perfection. Not so fast! His partner thinks that while it is better, the towers could certainly be taller. Soon other creatures at the beach join in. One suggests that the wall is too small; others opine that the castle needs arches, windows, stairs, a gatehouse, and even a drawbridge. After each suggestion, we see the pair dutifully construct until finally, they all feel it is perfect. Just as they pose for a group photo with this truly spectacular sandcastle, a huge wave comes in and destroys it. A wonderful illustration of the wet, bedraggled crowd is sure to elicit laughs. Happiness wins the day as the final page shows the two friends enjoying snow-cones, sitting next to what looks suspiciously like the original sandcastle, and guess what? It is perfect.
VERDICT This award-winning duo have created a lovely tribute to the old adage that perfect is the enemy of good. Recommended for purchase for all collections.

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