The Red Jacket

HarperCollins. Jul. 2023. 40p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063237605.
PreS-Gr 3–Bob the seagull is feeling a distinct lack of confidence. He walks around, silently brooding, head down, until a kindly songbird offers him its beautiful red jacket (with French fries in the pockets!). Bob looks good in the red jacket—so good, in fact, that he is now brimming with self-confidence. But when he loses the jacket in a giant wave, his newfound sense of self is threatened. Holt’s lightly humorous story pairs well with his colorful pencil and digital illustrations, including a particularly strange and funny spread of Bob looking inside a whale’s blowhole for his jacket. The entire book is sure to delight young readers. The characters speak entirely in speech bubbles, which could make for a fun dual reading experience for children and caregivers.
VERDICT For story hours on a gray day, this is a great choice for readers who are shy, or anyone looking for a humorous, beachside read.

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