Take Me to Laolao

HarperCollins/Quill Tree. Jan. 2024. 32p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063217652.
PreS-K–This heartwarming picture book celebrates the significance of family, the wisdom of grandparents, and the joy of creating lasting memories. The story follows a young girl who eagerly awaits her trip to visit her grandmother, Laolao. Through vivid illustrations, readers are transported to Laolao’s home: a place filled with love, tradition, and warmth. The narrative is rich in emotion as the young girl shares her experiences and adventures with Laolao as well as the essence of a grandparent-grandchild relationship. Zhang’s writing is filled with warmth and genuine affection, making it a perfect read-aloud for parents and caregivers looking to share meaningful moments with their little ones. The illustration’s intricate details capture a loving, culturally rich environment. The characters are expressive, and the settings are beautifully rendered, making it easy for young readers to immerse themselves in the story.
VERDICT Storytelling and enchanting illustrations come together to create an experience that will resonate with children and adults, making this a lovely addition to any library.

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