Patch of Sky

Dial. Jul. 2022. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593353844.
PreS-Gr 1–“Did you know that pigs can’t see the sky? Pia just found out too.” When blue-haired, yellow-skinned Pia finds out her beloved companion Patches, a pink potbellied pig, can’t see the sky, she tries several creative solutions to remedy the problem, all the while explaining to Patches why the sky is so wonderful: it can be soft and dreamy and help you feel calm, or gray and gloomy to match a sad mood. At last, when it seems impossible, Pia’s determined problem-solving pays off, and she finds a way for Patches to see a patch of sky. Bright blue, pink, and yellow are the dominant colors; some illustrations are full page, while comics panels are employed on other pages, giving picture book readers a taste of the graphic novel format. Narrative text is in black, Pia’s dialogue is in blue, and Patches’s is in pink; some words are in all capital letters, which adds emphasis without seeming shouty.
VERDICT This is a sweet, funny tale of a girl who wants to share her love of the sky with her best pal. Highly recommended for story times, classrooms, and one-on-one reading.

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