Bravo, Avocado!

HarperCollins. Mar. 2023. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780063076983.
PreS-Gr 2–An adorable avocado longs to be a Daily Special in this fun, pun-filled story from Stiefel. Set in a cheery, colorful farmer’s market, affable Avocado sees all the descriptive signs around her—Zesty Lemons! Juicy Peaches!—and sets off on a quest to discover what would make her a Daily Special, too. Her friends all have suggestions: Tomato suggests salsa lessons, Olive and Vinegar think she just needs some dressing, but they’re all missing the mark. Toaster comes to the rescue by inviting Avocado to peer at herself in Toaster’s shiny surface, letting Avocado see her wonderful characteristics. Bolstered by her friends, Avocado writes her own Daily Special sign—and helps another friend struggling with their image. Punny humor makes this a read-aloud choice that parents and kids alike will enjoy, and Suessbauer’s bright, bold artwork featuring a friendly and expressive cast of foodstuffs will delight readers. End papers feature a charming cast of characters to greet readers when they open the book.
VERDICT An enjoyable story about friendship and positive self-image, this is one to consider for picture book collections.

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