Here Comes Lolo

Niki Daly. Catalyst, $7.95 paper (78p) ISBN 978-1-946395-33-7
In this early reader collection, Daly introduces Lolo, an energetic black girl who lives with her Mama and grandmother Gogo, as she faces four everyday obstacles and employs creative thinking to find solutions. Through efforts to earn a coveted gold star for reading, losing out on a sought-after hat, finding the proper owner of a misplaced ring, and helping an abused pet, Lolo learns that hard work, compromise, honesty, and asking for help, respectively, will guide her through any situation. Daly’s lessons are relatable and resonant, sowing seeds of compassion and connection between the reader and Lolo. Gogo is an especially appealing character, as she pragmatically encourages and shepherds Lolo through times of difficulty while never diminishing her granddaughter’s feelings. The expressive black-and-white digital illustrations, which resemble classic line art à la Amelia Bedelia, lovingly depict Lolo and her community. An endearing protagonist and clear thematic messages make this first in a series a winsome pick for early readers. Ages 5–8. (May)
Reviewed on : 05/13/2020
Release date: 05/01/2020
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 80 pages - 978-1-946395-36-8
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