This stick and stone would never break a bone, as they’re too busy caring about each other. Round stone labels himself a “zero” and tall, skinny Stick is only a “one,” as they are solitary figures until they come together to form “a perfect 10.” Stick sticks up for Stone when bully Pinecone makes fun of the rock, and the two become close companions. Told in rhyming couplets, this is a warm and tender story of two BFFs. -School Library Journal
10-year-old Hà flees with her mother and three older brothers from war-torn Vietnam to the U.S. Written in accessible, short free-verse poems, the book is based on Lai’s personal experience, powerfully capturing a child-refugee’s struggle with rare honesty.
A classic not to be missed! Fearless, irrepressible, irreverent–the original wild child, Pippi is as endearing as ever. She will have you beside yourself in laughter and lining up to be her new best friend.
We read the version illustrated by Lauren Child (pictured above, yellow cover), whose whimsical style will be familiar to Charlie and Lola fans.