Built to Last

Knopf. Apr. 2024. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593569177.
Gr 1-4–High voltage fun for early elementary children. Zippy illustrations full of color and energy capture the evolving nature of a friendship between two boys. The kids connect through their enthusiasm for building. Their constructions fall apart more spectacularly each time, and they develop a close bond as they prepare for an ultimate project that will “stand the test of time.” At the conclusion of this heartwarming story, what really is built to last is an enduring friendship. Full of Santat’s signature imaginative illustrations accompanied by onomatopoeia and simple text, this story will be a seriously fun and endearing read.
VERDICT Pitch perfect friendship-building fun! Highly recommended.

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