|Girl with the parrot on her head|
Author: Hirst, Daisy
When Isabel's best friend, Simon, moves away, she is angry and lonely and decides it's better to be by herself. But when she faces a new problem, will Chester, a boy who has a way with umbrellas and tape, be able to help?
School Library Journal (00/05/16)
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School Library Journal - 05/01/2016 PreS-Gr 1—An imaginative child copes with the departure of a friend in this debut picture book. Isabel has a parrot and a best friend, Simon, who "is very good with newts." But one autumn day, Simon moves away. At first, Isabel hates everything, and as winter arrives, she decides to be happy alone. After all, she has her parrot and a system of sorting both her belongings and her anxieties into clearly labeled cardboard boxes. Isabel and the parrot are both concerned about that one "wolf" that doesn't really fit into any of her boxes, but it isn't until the trees are full of spring blossoms that a solution presents itself. It's the "biggest box she'd ever seen," and inside is Chester, who knows just how to convince that wolf to move out. Hirst's childlike, screen-printed illustrations depict Isabel, Simon, and Chester as preschoolers immersed in imaginative play, and while no mention is made of their ethnicity, they share the same skin tones as the cardboard boxes with which they play. A limited palette of primarily reds and blues set against copious white space allows readers to focus on Isabel's emotional journey, and seamlessly blends her imaginary life with the real world. - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.