PRUETT AND SOO, written by Nancy Viau and illustrated by Jorge Lacera is out now.
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*Named "One of the Best Books for Kids in 2022" by Business Insider!
" ...What unfolds is an amazing transformation and a perfect blending that can only come from getting to know each other. A playfully kaleidoscopic tale of inclusiveness that is both eye-catching and eye-opening." ~Midwest Book Review
“Highlighting the value of asserting one’s individuality in the face of pressures to conform, this vivid episode can stand alone or fit neatly into a storytime with such similarly chromatic tales as Sam Swope and Barry Root’s classic The Araboolies of Liberty Street.” ―Booklist
“We are in love! A charming adventure that spurs lots of imagination and dazzles in every way! I love how these two characters are relatable. Soo helps her new friend “let out” his zigzags. I bet a loved one or a certain situation encouraged you to try something new and break a few rules in a positive way! This energetic sci-fi story is a must read!” ~ Stylish Modern Mother
"Lacera’s glowing, brilliantly executed spreads superbly complement the text and underscore the themes of individuality and creative expression, transforming from black and white to full color by the end." ~Olivia the Librarian
About PRUETT AND SOO:
Pruett is from Planet Monochrome, where everything is black, white, or gray; everyone follows the rules and walks in straight lines; and they never, ever ask or answer questions. But then Soo arrives from Planet Prismatic. She’s bursting with brilliant colors! She zigs and zags all over the place! When she asks Pruett questions, he finds he wants to reply…and his whole world starts to change.
With a palette that shifts from grayscale to full color, this engaging story reminds us that what you feel defines who you are―and, sometimes, a friend can help you see that best.
XO, EXOPLANET is out now!
Written by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Jorge Lacera
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-A Today Show Gift Guide pick
-One of Air and Space Smithsonian's Best Children's Books of the Year!
-A 2023 Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award nominee (The Washington Library Association)
-From Publishers Weekly: “A contemporarily incisive message with a light touch.”
-From Kirkus: “A rollicking reminder to reserve judgment before traveling in another’s orbit.”
-From School Library Journal: “A teachable moment in differences and conflict resolution. [XO, Exoplanet is] a delightful purchase that creates accessible paths to learning more.”