The Stack

Dial. Feb. 2022. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593324387.
K-Gr 2–Luna wants to catch a star, but she’s too short. That doesn’t stop her, and she begins to stack objects to get her closer and closer to the stars. Her stack starts like many climbing stacks do—with a chair and some books. But soon, Luna finds she needs more height, so she adds a whale, a car, a pirate ship—and so much more!—until she finally grabs one star to take back to her room. Roeder has written and illustrated a fun story about a young girl’s fear of the dark—and how she uses her imagination to soothe her fear. Using shifting perspective in the illustrations to emphasize just how high Luna has to climb, the colorful artwork captures the creativity and movement of her tossing funny, unexpected objects onto the stack. The text and art take on a momentum and direction, moving readers along, up, and down, and all around.
VERDICT Save for noisy story hours, for while young readers will enjoy discovering what Luna finds to toss on the stack next—they may have suggestions for contributions of their own.

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