cover image Hooray for Books!

Hooray for Books!

Brian Won. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-544-74802-6

Turtle is on the hunt for his missing favorite book in this follow-up to Hooray for Hat! and Hooray for Today! He knows he lent it to someone, but who? Zebra doesn’t have the book anymore, nor does Owl, Giraffe, or Elephant. The animals offer Turtle other reading options, but he’s committed to the hunt. Set against white backdrops, Won’s airy digital artwork quietly shows how the animals’ literary interests bleed into their lives—Giraffe loves a book about roller skating, and he straps on a pair as the group races to find the missing book. Plot-wise there isn’t much tension, and the repeated cheers of “Hooray for books!” don’t build much excitement around reading, but Won’s story makes it clear how shared passions and goals can bring friends together. Ages 4–7. Agent: Rubin Pfeffer, Rubin Pfeffer Content. (Sept.)