Totally Tardy Marty

illus. by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. 32p. Abrams 2015. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781419716614.
PreS-Gr 2—Marty is always so busy looking at things, inventing Toast-on-a-Rope, and climbing trees on the way to school that he is almost always tardy and caught by "Never-Late Kate, who [thinks] she [is] sooo great." But one morning, Marty gets caught up a tree after his dog knocks the ladder down, and Kate comes to his rescue. Not only that, but she is so busy looking at cloud shapes and birds with Marty that she forgets the time and they both get caught by "Never-Late Nate." However, they decide it was worth it because each has discovered a new friend. Soon Marty becomes "Totally Early Marty" and Kate helps keep him on track. In fact, the friends even make up a list of "Five Points for Perpetual Punctuality." This is a lighthearted story with hilarious cartoon illustrations depicting the delaying antics of Marty, done with ink, watercolor, and acrylics digitally collaged.
VERDICT A solid winner for both storytime and lap reading.

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