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By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Sibling rivalry softens amid rich images, magic elevator.

Book Minh Le Picture Book 2020
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Magic happens here, through few words and vibrant illustrations that capture emotions common to kids finding their place in a family and a community. In Lift, the imaginary world of Iris' elevator button gives her a sense of control and an escape, a way to get away from her frustrations, even floating above it all in outer space. Young readers can relate to the feeling of being lost in a world that is growing and changing in ways Iris isn't ready to accept, and in trying to find her role. The illustrations are much like a graphic novel: framed in black, often several panels per page, and eye-catching. Adult readers can encourage younger readers to slow down so they can catch the facial expressions and other clues to the plot, since racing through the illustrations could leave readers feeling lost.

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