Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus!

Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus! illus. by Lauren Tobia. 32p. Kane Miller. Sept. 2015. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781610673679. LC 2014987160.
Toddler-PreS—"Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa" begins this newest Anna Hibiscus story, immediately drawing focus to the lush, urban setting. Papa awakens Anna with the news that her twin brothers have arrived in the night. Excited at first, Anna becomes apprehensive when her older cousins tell her that two boys mean big trouble. Concerned, Anna runs back to Mama for comfort, but Mama is sleeping. One by one, her normal routines are disrupted because of the new arrivals, and Anna feels more and more upset. When Papa encounters Anna in high dudgeon over her displacement, he reacts with realistic amusement, telling her, "You will have to share us with your brothers." The page-turn reveals Anna having a total meltdown, shouting, "But it's not fair!" while Papa gently and lovingly holds her close. Anna ultimately understands that routines may change, but she is valued and loved just the same. Although a specific country isn't mentioned, there is a strong sense of place conveyed in the illustrations and text, and Anna Hibiscus's world feels real and familiar.
VERDICT Believably portraying the emotional highs and lows of childhood, this gentle story about adjusting to the "new normal" of a growing family is a first purchase for libraries everywhere.—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN
, Jul 01, 2015

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