FICTION

Let's Go!

Let's Go! illus. by Sarah Williamson. 40p. Knopf. May 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781524700683.
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K-Gr 2-Tuski the elephant's red taxi is ready to get underway with a "Beep, beep! Honk, honk! Toot, toot!" Tuski picks up a bossy blue bird, a giant lemon, peaches from a tree, a trumpet, multicolored fish stacked one on top of the other, plus pancakes, ladybugs, and worms. Along the way, the hand-lettered text intermittently interjects (but with seemingly no pattern) a honk or a beep with a "LET'S GO!" The items and creatures are unrealistically balanced on top of the taxi and the tip of the trumpet. When the motley group reaches a steep hill, the inevitable happens as everything topples off, with a wordless page showing all the items sliding sideways against a white background. What to do? "Tuski, come back! It's all right." The blue bird ties a green string (which seems to be pulled from the green ladder) in the shape of an apple around the bunch and off they go. The primary color illustrations with a black band of road running along the bottom of the pages would at first glance appear to be an appealing preschool transportation choice, but the random assortment of items is never explained, and resolution is literally tied up in a bow.
VERDICT While the characters and colors are appealing, this abstract title might raise more questions than answers. Additional purchase.-Ramarie Beaver, Plano Public Library System, TX

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