Sunday, July 7, 2019

Review - Hold Hands

Hold Hands
by Sara Varon
Date: 2019
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

In Hold Hands, beloved graphic novelist and children's book author Sara Varon offers a sweet rhyming story about friendship and connection.

Hold hands each time you cross the street.
Hold hands on the bus if you don’t have a seat.
Hold hands when you say goodbye.
And also when you’re jumping high.

Everybody holds hands. You can hold hands with your little brother or your best friend. You can hold hands with your classmate or even your favorite doll! Gather up your little ones, hold their hands, and share this heartwarming book.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I'm not that enamoured with this. It's for very young children, and much of the hand-holding is done from a safety perspective. I was hoping for something that talked a bit about how holding hands is nothing to be ashamed of, but this appears to be aimed at an age group that hasn't reached an age where they might be teased for holding hands.

The illustrations are just okay for me, and the meter is passable. There was something wrong with my e-book copy, though, because blocks of text seemed to be missing in a few places. That's disappointing.

This is probably going to find more fans in the toddler and preschool set. The bright pictures and rhyming text would make it a good choice for storytime. But I'm not sure it's going to have much appeal for older readers.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: 3/5
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall: 2.71 out of 5

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