A New Kind of Wild

Dial. Apr. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525553892.
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.

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