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"STILL STUCK" by Shinsuke Yoshitake (Abrams Books for Young Readers 2017) has a great review in The New York Times!
Author Rumaan Alam in his review "These Kids Never, Never, Never Give Up", writes about the protagonist: "It's a relatable predicament, and his response is instructive: He learns to cope." For Alam, Yoshitake's ultimate message remains ambiguous: "keep a stiff upper lip, look on the bright side, or just hope mom will arrive, deus ex machina, to help you." But, he says, "Yoshitake's illustrations are so charming they obviate the need for an obvious lesson - my kids laughed throughout, though never harder than at the poor hero's bare bottom as mom bathes him. Each child is unique, but all children think butts are hilarious." So true.
To read Alam's full review of this and other great books about never giving up, visit the New York Times here.