FICTION

The Perfect Seat

Disney-Hyperion. Nov. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781368020046.
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PreS-Gr 1–A young moose calf asks an older stylish moose, in a sweater vest and fedora, for a story—but first they need to find the perfect seat for reading aloud together. Thus starts a Goldilocks-esque quest as the companions try out various seats in the city only to find that none are suitable. The bicycle is too rough, the slide is too slippery, the train is too crowded, and so forth. Ready to give up, the moose sits at the base of tree in a park and the two realize they have found the ideal spot to read. Hand-lettered text of brief and precise prose, is spot-on for very young listeners. Illustrations crafted using watercolors, pencils, crayons, and touch of collage convey a subtle whimsy. The bright red book, to be shared by the companions, is on every page and stands out against the mostly light green, gray, and blue pages.
VERDICT A perfect pick for sharing aloud in almost any seat in the city.

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