|New kind of wild|
Author: Hoang, Zara Gonzalez
When Ren moves to Ava's city, he feels lost without the green and magic of his home, but not everything in the city is what meets the eye and Ren discovers that nothing makes you feel at home quite like a friend.
Kirkus Reviews (01/15/20)
School Library Journal (03/01/20)
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School Library Journal - 03/01/2020 PreS-Gr 1—Inspired by her father's childhood stories of moving from Puerto Rico to New York City, Hoang tells the tale of a boy who departs his house near the jungle for big city life. Instead of glorious nature to feed his imagination, he's faced with cement, noise, and cacophony. His new friend—spirited, city-loving Ava—shares new sources for fantasies with him, like basement shadow puppetry and splashing in hydrants. She ultimately wins him over with a rooftop view of buildings covered in fanciful murals and filled with imaginary aliens and dinosaurs. Watercolors, colored pencils, and Photoshop bring both worlds alive in brilliantly hued illustrations. VERDICT This will be helpful for compare-and-contrast discussions as well as conversations about moving from one country to another.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/15/2020 Illustrator Hoang offers up a story about friendship and change. Change can be scary, but, if open to new experiences, new friends can be easily made. Ren is from a land filled with nature: where plants and trees are abundant, where fireflies dance in the dark, and where tree frogs sing at night. But everything changes when Ren and his mother move to the city. His new neighbor Ava is thrilled to show him the city's beauty, but she must work to open his eyes as Ren can only remember what he left behind. Together, the two venture into a world of imagination depicted in full color. This is a lovely read for children experiencing displacement or changes in habitat who are struggling to adapt or are dealing with loneliness. Endearing illustrations in every spread express the promise of friendship. Pair with Natalie Becher and Emily France's Krit Dreams of Dragon Fruit (2020) and Kate McMullan’s As Warm as the Sun (2019). - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
Booklist - 03/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.