From @picturethisbook ―
When Lola the armadillo knocks a jug of juice over her parents’ armchair, she panics and decides to escape from the scene of the crime, so to speak — thus triggering a madcap runaway chain when her friends decide to follow suit after similar mishaps.
Whether you’re 6 or 60, that familiar sinking feeling of dread (and, more plainly, DRAT!) at the prospect of having to face the music after making a mistake or when things just go wrong for whatever reason, never really goes away. However, as Andrea Tsurumi’s brilliant #picturebook reminds us with its delightfully wacky spreads packed with other people’s problems that Lola et. al. fail to notice in their frenzy to get away, spills, disasters and accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere, and it’s so important to get some perspective and better advice (i.e. even if it’s to the library, running away is never the solution).
I LOVE everything about this whirlwind of a picture book: its originality; the fun vocabulary (fiasco! calamity! mayhem!); the fantastic details in the illustrations that beg to be pored over; and, of course, the clichéd but no less important message that “to err is human, to forgive divine”. Plus, when we take a step back to assess the situation, things are usually less dire and more repairable than they seem at first. A must-read for all ages.
Even though this book isn’t wordless, it’s also my pick for this month’s #littlelitbookseries theme because the text is minimal and the wonderful illustrations truly spill (pun intended) the whole story from cover to cover.