Bon Voyage

illus. by Anna Alter. 128p. (Sprout Street Neighbors: Bk. 3). ebook available. Yearling. May 2017. lib. ed. $15.99. ISBN 9781524700546; pap. $6.99. ISBN 9781524700539.
Gr 2–4—In this third installment, the Sprout Street neighbors are inspired by the Mona Lisa to visit Paris, ooh-la-la! Getting there is half the battle for some, but they have a wonderful time along the way, eventually visiting the Louvre. While some friends are afraid to leave home, others can't wait to get there and have new experiences; all of the neighbors have different outlooks and individual quirks that are embraced and celebrated. The story is gentle and similar to others in the series, with short, episodic chapters and many illustrations scattered throughout. With its tongue-in-cheek humor and emphasis on kindness, this title would be a good read-aloud for classrooms or a solid option for one-on-one bedtime sharing. Previous knowledge of the series is not necessary to enjoy this title.
VERDICT This latest installment is bound to be in demand where the series is popular.

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