How to Apologize

Candlewick. May 2021. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536209440.
PreS-K–In direct and informative text, readers learn that “everyone makes mistakes,” and in those cases, “the right thing to do is apologize.” Suggestions for how and why to apologize paired with colorful, cartoon-style illustrations outlined in soft brown lighten the instructional tone by featuring hilarious examples of situations requiring an apology. A goggled, parachuting penguin crashes through the roof of a horrified bathing gator. A grumpy steak-grilling bulldog is interrupted by the downed kite of his bespectacled cat neighbor. The text points out that apologizing may be hard, but it is important because it makes everyone involved feel better. Humorous examples of sincere and insincere apologies drive the messages home, while the illustrations continue to provide comic relief as reparation and restoration of relationships are achieved. Mostly full-bleed spreads paired with emotive animals will be met with laughs.
VERDICT Straightforward text combined with funny illustrations make for an instructive primer on how to apologize. Children will delight in the hilarious animal antics while absorbing the explanatory lesson without didacticism.

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