|New kid has fleas|
Author: Dyckman, Ame
When a wild new student, rumored to have fleas, is paired with the narrator for a science project, she proves there is a lot more to her--and her unusual family--than anyone could have guessed.
Kirkus Reviews (-) (05/15/21)
School Library Journal (08/01/21)
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Booklist - 06/01/2021 Kiki, the new girl at school, is a little . . . different. Her shadow looks like a wolf’s. She howls instead of singing, and she chases squirrels at lunchtime. Molly, a classmate, claims that Kiki has fleas. Still, when the boy narrating this story is assigned to be her partner in a science project on phases of the moon, he visits her home, a woodland cave where she lives with her adoptive parents and six little siblings: all wolves. He loves playing with the six wolf pups and being with Kiki, who is knowledgeable, fun, and funny. She does not have fleas. He decides to tell Molly so, but the next day, she’s at home, (rumor has it) dealing with lice. While plenty of children’s books are written from the new kid’s perspective, this picture book takes a friendly classmate’s point of view as he tries to imagine himself in her shoes, while ruefully noting that she’s often not wearing any. The vibrant, digital illustrations capture the tone and wit of the narrative. A lively read-aloud choice. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 08/01/2021 PreS-Gr 2—We can't be friends with the new kid—can we? The age-old tale of assumptions and exclusion is taken on with a fresh twist in Dyckman and Kaban's wonderful new title. The new kid doesn't seem to mind being different. Right from the first pages readers will get the impression that the new kid might have been raised by wolves. Her shadow is that of a wolf, she hunts squirrels for lunch, and howls during music class. No one will talk to her but the narrator of the story, a young boy who notices the new kid sitting alone and perhaps even looking sad. He doesn't take any action until he is assigned to be her partner for a science project. He goes to her house after school where his fears are realized. She is indeed being raised by a family of wolves—and they are AWESOME! Once the boy meets all of her wolf brothers and sisters, he relaxes and appreciates the differences in her family and lifestyle. Perfectly pitched language combined with comic and smart illustrations will fully engage the intended audience. This title could also be useful for a lesson about making assumptions and looking at situations from different perspectives. VERDICT This title adeptly opens up several types of much-needed conversations, making it useful not only at the start of the year but whenever a new student is going to join the class.—John Scott, formerly at Friends Sch. of Baltimore - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.