Wood Could

Dial. Apr. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780735230811.
PreS-K–As cheerful and dynamic as a comic book, this work for the very young demonstrates the importance of doing the right thing. A piece of cut wood—a log—is sleeping in the forest when a small girl who has black hair and brown skin comes along and ruins everything. The girl and her bunny companion, Prince Fluffybutt, imagine all kinds of games involving Wood, such as riding Wood like a unicorn, but the log keeps escaping. When Wood finally falls asleep he wakes up to the sound of crying and has to debate if he should go and help the child or not. Funny details fill the page, but at its heart, the story takes on selfishness and finds a way to make everyone happy.
VERDICT A richly executed comedic piece, this hides tenderness in rough bark but is a real softie when it comes to charm. With funny wordplay and pacing to delight with every turn of the page, this one’s a must.

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