Douglas You’re a Genius by Ged Adamson. PICTURE BOOK. Schwartz and Wade (Random House), 2018. $18. 9781524765309
BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), EL – ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH
Nancy and Douglas the Dog are playing in the backyard when their ball goes under the fence. It’s a very tall fence and they get very curious about what’s on the other side. They eventually send a message through the hole and get a message back –in Spanish! They try various ways that Nancy comes up with to go over the fence, will she ever allow Douglas to share his ideas? Large bright artwork.
Pretty sure this book is a commentary on the proposed wall for the US southern border –with the conclusion that we should come together and be friends. I know parents who would be very upset if their child brought this home. But this book also features themes of taking turns, listening, creativity, and curiosity –so I think it’s a nice fit for a school library collection. I think a fascinating use for the book is to read it to an upper grade class as an introduction to a border wall discussion and brainstorming session.