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 You're so amazing! (What Happened To You?)
 Author: Catchpole, James

 Publisher:  Little, Brown (2024)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 25 cm

 BTSB No: 199014 ISBN: 9780316506571
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Children with disabilities -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

A young boy with a limb difference wishes people could see him for who he is, rather than treating him as "so amazing" due to his disability.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Catchpole, Lucy
 Illustrator: George, Karen

   Kirkus Reviews (02/01/24)
   School Library Journal (+) (12/01/23)

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School Library Journal - 12/01/2023 PreS-Gr 3—Joe, the modest but imaginative child from What Happened to You?, a story of the irrelevance of his having "only" one leg, returns. Still blond, still in a striped shirt, Joe hates the titular phrase. He knows he is not amazing, he is just like everyone else, and he certainly wishes all of the other children and adults would understand that Joe is not defined by his limbs or lack of them. When he hears anyone say how "amazing" he is, it stops the game. It stops him from playing. He and Simone, who understands, try different games, including one where Joe decides to be invisible so Simone's powerful jumps can be admired on their own. But no one notices her. They think about "poor Joe," who can't run and jump. Condescension and patronizing remarks run rampant in this picture book, which will have adults cringing in recognition. A note from the Catchpoles includes a photo of a baby, a small girl, an adult man with one leg, and a woman using a wheelchair. To children, this will read simply as "family." Joe's own actions are to surround himself with people who get it and don't think of him as "The Joe Show," at least until everyone else catches up. This book, with its Bob Graham—style cheerful cartoons and utterly common-sense approach, should be in every library. It pulls no punches and lets everyone play on a level field. VERDICT This book, about perfectly normal children having a great time, is absolutely amazing.—Kimberly Olson Fakih - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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