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The Rough Patch by Brian Lies | SLJ Review

redstarLIES, Brian. The Tough Patch. 40p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Aug. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062671271.

Gr 2-5 –Lies faucets into the highly effective nature of affection, loss, grief, and hope in his newest image e book. Evan, a fox, and his canine are finest associates and in a collection of acrylic, oil, and coloured pencil vignettes, they’re proven attending a good, taking part in video games, and, most necessary, working in Evan’s meticulously groomed backyard. These loving scenes are abruptly reduce quick by a big unfold of white area with spare textual content stating: “However someday, the unthinkable occurred.” On the opposing web page, white area surrounds a grieving Evan as he mourns the lack of his canine. In his grief, Evan destroys the backyard that reminds him a lot of his pal and weeds develop as a substitute. When a pumpkin vine sneaks into the backyard, Evan permits it to take root and with it, hope returns. With lyrical figurative language, Evan transitions from being devastated by heartache to a being prepared to step again into the world once more. Along with his pumpkin, Evan rejoins his associates on the honest. Though it’s not the identical with out his finest pal, he enjoys himself once more and even wins a prize for his pumpkin. His prize and the hope of all those that endure love’s loss is an opportunity to like once more with a brand new pet. Whereas finest suited to impartial readers or shared moments throughout a loss, this poignant image e book gives an beautiful depiction of grief and hope. VERDICT A exceptional first choice for all libraries and a useful information for youngsters and adults who’re going by way of their very own tough patches.–Rachel Zuffa, Racine Public Library, WI

This evaluate was printed within the College Library Journal Might 2018 situation.

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