Fitz and Cleo Get Creative

Holt. (A Fitz and Cleo Book: Bk. 2). Feb. 2022. 80p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9781250239457.
K-Gr 2–Fitz and Cleo are back and in the creative spirit. The ghost siblings, restless from reading books and watching movies, decide to make their own film for a change. Some of the 10 stories in this book revolve around the making of the movie; the pair encounter writer’s block with the script and audition their friends to play parts. Other chapters depict the ghosts trying different creative pursuits, such as painting or music. Cleo is captivated by cute animals, fantasy stories, and magic, while Fitz enjoys science and math. They support and are excited for each other, making them a fun example of teamwork and good sportsmanship. The ghosts and their world’s simple designs take on a whole new angle through the ghosts’ artwork, such as Cleo’s colorful chalk illustrations and the much-foreshadowed short film.
VERDICT Good humor between imaginative siblings leads to a number of artistic projects that young readers, series fans and newcomers alike, will want to emulate.

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