It’s Really Cold Outside: A Really Bird Story

Red Comet. (Really Bird Stories). Nov. 2023. 56p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9781636550787.
K-Gr 2–Not everyone has the same idea when it comes to having fun, as protagonist Really Bird finds out on a snowy day. Bird would like to stay warm and cozy inside, but their cat and dog pals are set on outdoor play in the winter chill. Themes of problem-solving and cooperation are the focus of this lighthearted story as the group tries out a variety of ways to enjoy the day together, with little success, until they compromise by deciding to play through an open window. Short sentences and simple vocabulary make this graphic novel a solid choice for emerging readers. Cheerful, cartoonlike illustrations suit the upbeat tone of the text. A brief set of discussion questions at the end reinforces the themes and invites readers to develop their own thoughts on how to successfully navigate friendships and disagreements.
VERDICT With a cast of cute animal characters and evergreen themes about friendship and collaboration, this graphic novel is an appealing choice for early readers.

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