Harold the Iceberg Melts Down

Feiwel & Friends. Mar. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250830623.
Gr 1-2–Calm down, climate change collections, this one’s not for you. Harold is iceberg lettuce, but his label is illegible, and when he watches a documentary about icebergs melting, his natural state of worry goes into overdrive. He thinks it’s about him. The other vegetables, his friends and allies, attempt to help, but honestly, Harold is something of a scene-stealer and decides that if all the other icebergs are gigantic and he is small, he must be in super peril. He heads for the freezer, but it is blocked. The back of the fridge is too sticky, and disguising himself so “warmth” won’t find him doesn’t work either. Blowing bubbles calms him down. Finally, the bok choy gets through to Harold, now in the middle of a full-blown panic attack, and reminds him that he is lettuce, which does not melt. The characters, googly-eyed vegetables with loads of digitally acquired personality, are charming, more than charitable, and children will love the adventure though maybe not the chaos.
VERDICT With a list in the back for combatting climate change and another for calming down in case of anxiety, this is a well-intentioned debut, but likely an additional purchase.

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