FICTION

Mia Moves Out

illus. by Paige Keiser. 32p. Knopf. Oct. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399553325.
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PreS-Gr 1—When little Mia moves into her own room for the first time, she's delighted. She decorates it with "Something big. Something bright. Something fun." After her baby brother Brandon comes along, she doesn't mind sharing at first; but as Brandon grows, so does the mess in the room. Fed up, Mia declares that she's "Moving out!…Forever." As she searches for a replacement space, she tries out the bathroom, the basement, and finally the pantry, but none of these places prove satisfactory. Finding temporary refuge in a reading nook, she realizes that she misses her little brother. Together, they create a fun play space in the yard. Keiser's cartoonish line-drawing illustrations capture an array of emotions, from Mia's worried face when her brother arrives, to more humorous expressions of frustration in the cramped pantry and delight when creating the outdoor space.
VERDICT Though the original issue of shared space is never truly resolved, the importance of sibling friendship shines through nevertheless.

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