What’s Up, Maloo?

Tundra. Jan. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780735266643.
PreS-Gr 1–“No other kangaroo can hop like Maloo!” That is, until his hop, hop, hop becomes a slow step, step…step. There’s now no spring in his step and no hop in young Maloo’s heart. A cloudlike fog is bringing him down, even as friends show their concern. Offering help—counting steps 1,2,3 and up to a thousand—the persistence of friends comfort and support him to finally lift off, blowing away the fog with their encouragement. First one hop, then more—Maloo jumps away from his fog of worry to the cheers of all. Originally published in French, this English edition features hand-lettered typeface and softly expressive faces of Maloo and friends with the use of pastels and colored pencil. Repeated words and brief sentences with illustrations following the action easily assist young readers in identification of emotions.
VERDICT A suggested general purchase, this title addresses those with insecurities, sadness, or depression and simply displays the success of teamwork for all ages.

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