Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden

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This picture book is about a kid named Vincent who goes to his aunt’s house for the summer, where he finds a box of dirt balls on her balcony. He meets another kid named Toma, and they start throwing the dirtballs over an empty lot’s wall. Next to Vincent’s aunt’s apartment, there is a man who always seems to be in a bad mood. Vincent and Toma call him Mr. Grumpypants. One day, they see Mr. Grumpypants acting friendly when he sees them. What is going on? Does it have anything to do with the dirt balls? Read the book to find out!

Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden is written simply, but it is still good for kids in elementary and maybe even middle school. The illustrations are cute, clever, and fun overall. There is a cat that is in a lot of the pictures. I think the cat makes the pictures more interesting. I like the illustrator’s attention to detail. The ending is heart-warming. My only suggestion is that the author could have added an activity page or a recipe in the back. I definitely want to see more books by this author and this illustrator.

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Author Andrew Larsen • Anne Villeneuve, Illustrator
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 32 pages
Publish Date 2019-05-07
ISBN Nishaant - Age 10
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Issue May 2019
Category Children's


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