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Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Touching story captures besties' last day as neighbors.

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This lovely book packs an emotional punch, and its beauty lies in many places. The words occasionally verge on the poetic, with poignant images, like a moving truck "with its mouth wide open… ready to gobble up" Evelyn's belongings and the girl's apartments being "almost twins, just like us." The scene as the girls' hold hands and spin in circles in Evelyn's empty apartment, and then fall to the ground with the world "still whirling" above them is enough to get adult readers sniffling. The pictures are full of bold colors layered on more neutral backgrounds, textured patterns, particular details, and expressive faces that capture the girl's sweet connection, as well as the diverse city they live in. The best friends' goodbye is heart-wrenching and full of tears, but the final page is likely to make readers smile through sadness. A reassuring pick for young readers who have experienced big changes with friends.

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