Sally’s New Look

Orca. (Sally’s Puppy Adventures: Bk. 2). Feb. 2024. 32p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781459836914.
PreS-K–The star of Sally’s Big Day is back for another perfectly adorable tour; she’s grown a bit shaggy and needs the works from Omar, a brown-skinned, white-haired salon proprietor. Larsen (I Do Not Like Stories), whose storytelling chops can turn a tale happy or sad with the choice of words, is strong on comedy: Sally bites the bubbles from the soap, which startles her, but they also show up in her dreams after the trip to Omar’s. The mother and child who dropped her off have been spruced up, too; this book was born for the “first haircut” stacks, giving the garden-scented shop its due and taking Sally from mess to magnificent in short order. Lo sometimes fills the pages with people, styling objects, and clipped hair, but leaves others minimal and spare so Sally can appear in all her puzzled puppy glory.
VERDICT Elevating a common childhood milestone to a gleeful case of the primps, this book will prime children for Sally’s next outing.

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