The Quest for Screen Time

Marti Dumas, illus. by Mari Muravski. Yes, Mam Creations/Plum Street (plumstreetpressbooks.com), $5.99 trade paper (68p) ISBN 978-1-94-316902-3
Jaden Toussaint, an inquisitive budding scientist with a spectacular Afro, feels like an outsider in his family. While his parents and sister are all bibliophiles, he hates to read: he’d rather get his hands on a tablet. After circulating a petition among his fellow kindergarteners campaigning for more computer time, Jaden’s ingenuity is rewarded. This charming first installment in the Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest chapter-book series features succinct but vivid characterizations and abundant humor (the family’s pets include a guinea pig that “never has the same name two weeks in a row,” and Jaden’s father “prefers to be called ‘baba,’ which means ‘father’ in Swahili. Does not speak Swahili”). Muravski’s b&w illustrations, nicely integrated throughout, are also an asset, enhancing this story’s appeal for readers who may be as reluctant as Jaden to pick up a book. Ages 5–7.
Reviewed on: 09/21/2015
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 978-1-5196-1017-1
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