Good Job, George!

Flamingo. Jan. 2022. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593205631.
PreS-K–The author of the extremely popular “Fancy Nancy” series introduces readers to a delightful new character in this charming book. George, a mixed-race boy with tan skin and black hair, narrates. He delights in helping out. He buckles the straps in his stroller; feeds the family dog, Pogo; and shares his sandbox toys with a younger child. When he completes a small task or takes a risk, such as coming down the slide by himself, his parents always say, “Good job, George!” Things unfortunately go awry when George helps finish painting a room and realizes that he does not quite always do the right thing. All is well in the end, however, when George helps give Pogo a bath and earns another hearty “Good job, George!” Joyner’s colorful and expressive illustrations echo the style of the original Curious George books by H. A. Rey. A scene at a playground features a multiethnic crowd of adults and children.
VERDICT This sweet story with its message of encouragement and empowerment is perfect for the toddler and preschool set.

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