cover image Sammy's Suitcase

Sammy's Suitcase

Lisa Rojany Buccieri, , illus. by Sachiko Yoshikawa, designed by Bruce Foster. . Random/Corey, $21.99 (14pp) ISBN 978-0-375-84236-8

Sammy (readers can determine this character's gender) is taking the train to visit Pop-Pop and Grammy Sue when his (her?) suitcase saves the day, time after time. The lid of the suitcase flips open on most spreads to reveal a variety of survival essentials, from a pop-up array of pizzas and the fixings for “chocolate-cherry-marshmallow-popcorn-potato-chip pie” to the tools to fix the train when the (pop-up) engine gets busted. Gatefolds, background pop-ups. moving parts and tiny three-dimensional details give readers plenty to look at, while the neon palette intensifies the high-energy impact. Ages 3–8. (Sept.)