WHERE LILY ISN’T by Julie Paschkis. Illus. by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2020. 32p. ISBN 978-125018425-2 hc. $17.99 PreS – Gr. 2 E PIC
A simple story of loss is told through the eyes of a young girl who misses her dog, Lily. The relationship between an active dog and loving owner is established early on, before readers experience the loss of Lily. Lily doesn’t sleep by the bed, bark at the mailman, or go for walks anymore. The sense of loss is deeply felt on every page. However, Lily’s memory lives on in the hearts of those who lived with her, as all pet owners know. The illustrations are stark and colorful, focusing on Lily’s absence by placing text where she would be in the picture. Page design also includes sentences broken up into individual words superimposed on elements of the illustration for emphasis. This eye-catching book is a must for any child experiencing the loss of a pet.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI