Theme of this review is: I had two short books and not enough to say about either to make two 250-word reviews. And this time it is only one CBR15Passport, new to me author Nic Yulo.
The first book is Out of the Blue by Nic Yulo (who also is the illustrator of this mad capped adventure) is about smallness and bigness. Our gal Coral is a big dreams and big adventure gal, but it is hard to do that when you are the smallest person and feel invisible. And how can you feel good when you feel so small in a big world? But on a trip to the aquarium with her class, she learns that sometimes being small and invisible is a really big deal. And that it is awesome to be so small in the big world around us. I said mad capped adventure, well it somewhat is, after any adventure can be crazy. But it is the illustrations of Yulo that are out there. The chalk-like images allow us to see the fun and wonder of the ocean and Coral’s world. And we also see that Coral is not so small or invisible with her cotton-candy-bubble-gum pink hair! Due mid-July 2023 I read this via Edelweiss, and I am looking forward to the final product.
I guess I could have said that these two books are linked by the theme of coming out this summer. Late August 2023 we will be given the board book Hair Love ABC’s by Matthew A. Cherry and illustrated by Vashti Harrison. Each letter of the alphabet gets a Hair word (such as braids) or something that is for hair (elastic). We get a father and daughter combo going through all the things a parent and child of color deals with. We see the fun and the not so fun (tangles) and learn the pride this girl has about herself and her hair. The dad of the story is equally fun. The simple art is not simplistic as it covers areas a wide range of beautiful hair.
Both books can work for toddler and up, and Out of the Blue can be a group read, but Hair Love ABC’s will be a little harder and is best for a one-on-one reading.