Elevator Bird

Knopf. Nov. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525648819.
PreS-Gr 2–All are welcome at the hotel, and it takes a big team to ensure that it runs smoothly. Mr. Rumpley is the manager, who oversees the daily operations. The worms are the porters, Jane and Olivia the turtles work at reception, and Mousey does the housekeeping. No job is too big or too small. At the center of it all is Elevator Bird, who must take the guests up and down in the elevator and welcome everyone in, both tall and small. Elevator Bird always has a kind word to offer and is very helpful to his hotel coworkers. He loves his job, but he wishes he could get out to enjoy the city he knows so well a little bit more. He shares his dreams of escaping his basement room with Mousey, who then tells Mr. Rumpley. Before long, the rest of the staff is involved, and they surprise Elevator Bird with a brand-new home, complete with the view of his dreams. From cover to cover, complete with fun endpapers and gorgeous spreads, quirky, colorful, and expressive animal illustrations pair well with the funny, unpredictable text on each page. There are giggle-inducing asides, details to pore over, and clues to each worker’s personality in vivid details. Just as every job matters at the hotel, every animal has a part to play in this sweet story about showing up for a friend.
VERDICT A beyond charming story about kindness and friendship, sure to bring a smile to the face of every reader.

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