It’s Not About You, Little Hoo!

Xist. Feb. 2021. 32p. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781532420658; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781532409295.
PreS-Gr 2–This little owl, referred to as “you” and never gendered, is constantly thinking that things are about them. They don’t understand why friends are leaving them behind to do other things. The omnicient narrator reminds Little Hoo that those friends just happen to be playing soccer. Some of them are being called to dinner by their parents. Little Hoo needs to be counseled constantly that “It’s not about you, Little Hoo,” even being picked last for sports. “Someone has to be last.” And after a long litany of mishaps that are not about Little Hoo, the caregiver says that there is one thing that is about Little Hoo—and readers see that the two of them are sharing this book.
VERDICT This book is a great starting point for conversations about social-emotional awareness, and will find a home in many collections.

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