Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems

illus. by Carey Sookocheff. 48p. Tundra. Oct. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781770498730.
PreS-Gr 1—The illustrator of the charming "Buddy and Earl" series applies a set of practical solutions to everyday problems. Via a cool palette and a concise text, a girl and her dog test multiple resolutions for challenges, such as a missing shoe—check in the closet, under the bed, behind the couch, and under the table, or wear a mismatched pair. Similarly, there are multiple ways to deal with getting caught in the rain, melting ice cream, a boring day, and a flyaway hat. The list of scenarios ends with cold feet, which are best resolved with a cuddly pup. The gouache cartoons and spare writing are welcome, and the humor is subdued: unusual in a field in which slapstick is more often the norm.
VERDICT Perfect for writing and drawing prompts and playful imagining.

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