Out of a Jar

Putnam. Feb. 2022. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593326374.
PreS-Gr 2–While in Marcero’s previous title, In a Jar, little bunny Llewellyn collected things he loved; this time around he is trying to contain his gargantuan emotions. When he is extremely frightened, exuberantly excited, or steaming mad, he shoves all his color-coded emotions into jars and locks them in a closet. Yet, it isn’t long before he discovers the dangers of his methods. With illustrative and storytelling elements of a comic book or graphic novel, Llewellyn and his emotions bounce off the page. While somewhat similar in concept to Anna Llenas’s The Color Monster, Marcero offers a new spin on exploring one’s emotions and promotes the importance of sharing them with others. It is a valuable lesson for young readers, and probably a vital reminder for adults as well. Peppered with rich vocabulary, the text itself is simultaneously simple and profound.
VERDICT This is a needed addition to any collection, especially those looking to add titles with a focus on emotional well-being.–

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