Kid Lit: The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires

Published on May 2, 2017.

Goodreads Summary:
Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. They run FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. They rescue WILD animals. But one day, when they re looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou s friend has an idea: Up there! The tree can be our ship! Ummm…says Lou. This is something new. Lou has never climbed a tree before, and she s sure she can t do it. So she tries to convince her friends to play a not-up-a-tree game. When that doesn’t work, she comes up with reasons for not joining them her arm is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn’t climb so soon after eating. Finally, she tells herself she doesn’t want to climb the tree. But is that true, or is this brave adventurer just too afraid to try?

My Thoughts:
I love this book! Lou loves adventures. She and her friends go on many make-believe adventures, and she’s very brave. But when her friends suggest making a tree their pirate ship, Lou thinks of every excuse why she can’t climb the tree. She’s afraid. She’s never climbed a tree before.

Finally, with her pirate costume on, she works up enough courage to try. And the best part? She can’t do it. She will have to come back and try again until she can. I loved that she couldn’t just climb the tree. It shows the struggle kids really face with trying new things. And it talked about persistence and trying until you succeed.

The illustrations in this book were adorable and completely appropriate. They added a lot to the tale. The kids’ facial expressions were terrific. The text was placed all over the pages too because several pages has multiple images. This made the book more interesting to read.

I’ll have to get this book from the library, so I can read it with my son. It’s too hard to read the eARC with him on my laptop.

My Rating: 5 Stars

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