cover image How to Get a Job... by Me, the Boss

How to Get a Job... by Me, the Boss

Sally Lloyd-Jones, illus. by Sue Heap. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-375-86664-7

The wise-beyond-her-years heroine who addressed the finer points of getting married and having a baby in her previous books now tackles the job market. "[S]ometimes a Job is so you can get all dressed up and wear your new shoes to work," she explains. The narrator covers big jobs (like "President of the World") and small jobs (like "Balloon Holder") alike, and is highly encouraging ("You could be a Cowboy or an Explorer.... Or actually anything you want!"), while giving a nod to a few exceptions ("you shouldn't be a Robber"). Heap's acrylic, paint, and crayon illustrations are as energetic and quirky as the Boss herself, whose charmingly askew perspective includes some genuine advice%E2%80%94and remains as funny as ever. Ages 4%E2%80%938. (May)