Sour Cakes

Owlkids. Oct. 2021. 32p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781771473972.
PreS-Gr 1–When younger sister wakes up in a contrary mood, her enthusiastic older sister suggests fun and uplifting activities to cajole her out of it; it’s only when the sullen mood explodes into anger that older sister changes course, commiserates with her sibling, and changes her mood. Told through their ongoing dialogue and shown in various sizes of type for emphasis, the two girls, with black eyes and black hair, cycle through several misfires until the older one hits on the correct approach: to join her sibling in the bad mood. Together, they dance away the gray fog that has enveloped them on big monster feet. Kwan’s colorful illustrations often sweep across spreads to express the mood, effectively build tension, and emphasize the size and importance of the younger child’s emotions.
VERDICT By accepting big, negative emotions without condemning them or dismissing them, this book is great for launching discussions about when and how to express moods and feelings.–

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