ERIC by Shaun Tan. New York: Scholastic Press, 2020. 32p. ISBN 978-1338622089 hc. $19.99 Gr. 2-5 Juv.
When Eric arrived as a foreign exchange student, his host family thought he had odd habits and a penchant for unusual activities. He was defnitely detail-oriented. Eric adjusted to the family. The family adjusted to Eric and attributed his uniqueness to being "a cultural thing." Tan's illustrations in charcoal and colored pencil bring a different perspective to the story than the text implies. He challenges readers to acknowledge and accept the differences of those around us. It will make readers smile.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI