Little, Brown. May 2020. 56p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781368036924.
Gr 1-3–Young Iris loves elevators. She especially loves when her parents let her push the button. However, her relationship to elevators—and to her little brother—changes when he starts pushing the buttons. How rude! In an act of rebellion, Iris pushes all the buttons and breaks the elevator. When she finds the busted button panel in the garbage, she tapes it up near her closet to create an imaginary elevator of her very own. What wondrous places will it take her? All the text is speech bubbles and narration from Iris’s point of view. Santat’s illustrations carry the emotional heart of the story. The characters have expressive features—their eyes show frustration, wonder, and curiosity. Square panels are framed with thick black lines that convey the safe, enclosed feeling Iris has when she’s inside an elevator. Yet when the elevator takes her to a jungle or into outer space, the thick frames melt away, leaving readers with awe-inspiring, full-bleed panels. The panoramic sights make Iris’s eyes go wide with amazement—and older readers may be stunned, too. In the end, Iris decides to share the fabulous magical elevator with her brother after all.
VERDICT Beautiful art enhances an uplifting story that encourages readers to share secret wonders with one another—even annoying kid siblings.

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