Ari Arranges Everything

Running Pr. Feb. 2023. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780762481750.
PreS-Gr 3–Ari, a young brown-skinned child, loves to align everything and has been like this from birth, positioning and placing everything in order. Instead of the expected chaos that comes with toddlers, Ari puts blocks in line, and even puts the fleas on the dog in order. Ari asks neighbors to put their garden and their flowers and plants in order, and makes the same request at the supermarket and hardware store, the swimming pool—and the zoo. In Vernon’s debut picture book, scenes convey both the humor and more serious side of Ari’s neurodiverse efforts without ever judging this child. It’s a wonderful way to introduce the subject of different behaviors to children, and to make the point that it’s okay not to be “typical.”
VERDICT This will be a hit at story hours, as children watch and wait to see how Ari’s efforts to organize everything unfold. Wonderful, and recommended.

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