EDWARD, Justine (text) Karl Gabriel (illus.) Shine Balboa Press, 2013 25pp $14.95 pbk ISBN 9781452575315 SCIS 1630270

This cheerful small book, with its use of white and bright yellow papers and a child’s drawing of a sun on the cover, has the avowed aim of helping kids to feel good about themselves.  Each double page has a four-line verse opposite a naïve illustration.  The tone is positive and affirming, the language is simple and the pages uncluttered.  The choice of a seven year old (who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder) to illustrate the book should enhance its appeal to the target audience.  JG

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