Who Will U Be?

Penguin Workshop. Apr. 2023. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593385029.
PreS-K–When the little letters of the alphabet gather for their annual field trip out into the wide world, all of them are asking themselves where they might fit in. They see lots of different places where letters have found their places—on traffic signs, advertisements, on T-shirts, and most grandly, the New York Public Library. The letter U asks several of the big letters to talk about why they love their own space, and each big letter has a reason for ending up where it did. It will be easy for children to connect the quest of the letters to their own plans when they get big. The warm palette of colors invites readers in for a closer look at the densely packed illustrations. There is a lot of text on each page and font size is small, which will be better for reading aloud by caregivers than for new readers; nevertheless, this is a good story to share. It may look like an alphabet book, but it’s about finding one’s purpose.
VERDICT This book straddles a line between a story for upper and lower elementary readers. A good choice for libraries needing fiction picture books about starting to consider one’s place in the world.

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