Pillow Places

HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Jun. 2021. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780062956736.
K-Gr 2–Kuefler has some familiar, even thrilling ideas for children facing their first sleepover and feeling nervous about being away from home. In very few lines, which always include the word pillow, this picture book explores the special feeling of bonding with a friend and getting lost in imaginative play. Two short-haired children, one pink with flushed cheeks, and the other, with blushing brown skin, experience immense joy as they build structures and worlds with all of the colorful pillows at their disposal. “Couch pillows. Bed pillows. Stack them high above your head pillows.” The robust illustrations both complement the sparse text and give readers an art story of their own. Readers will come back to this quiet picture book certain to find something new each time.
VERDICT A delightful celebration of friendship and play for younger and older readers alike.

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