What John Marco Saw

Chronicle. Oct. 2019. 44p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452163369.
PreS-Gr 2–Young John Marco notices really amazing things in his daily life but unfortunately nobody in his big, bustling family wants to hear about them. He is rebuffed by his neighbor, Mr. Jordy, when he tries to tell him about the mind-blowing things he discovered digging in the mud. He next tries to chat with his mother about a very fat orange cat in the neighborhood but his mom is way too busy multitasking to give John Marco the attention he requires. In an unexpected twist, the little chap notices that a tree in his front yard is slowly falling down so he yells for all to come see it. At first, they don’t believe him and then just like that, the tree comes crashing down. The book ends with that same orange cat telling the crowd that they should pay more attention; “Like John Marco does.” Lemon’s full-bleed digital illustrations are colorful and expansive and lend themselves to a storytime sharing.
VERDICT This is a quirky tale that many little ones will relate to. An optional purchase.

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