Lola Knows a Lot
Meet Lola! Lola knows a lot. She can cartwheel, she can tie her shoes...she can make her sister crazy. The only thing Lola DOESN’T know...is if she’s really ready to go to school.
LOLA KNOWS A LOT by Jenna McCarthy is an excellent pick for kids new to school or preparing to go to school. Lola teaches confidence of knowledge, including simple facts like how practicing can develop skills further and specific personality traits of her family members, while also guiding how to be excited for learning new things and not getting overwhelmed. Lola’s sister makes a frequent appearance in the story, whether through text or illustrations, and the sister relationship is extremely realistic. They don’t always get along, but they do love each other.
The illustrations by Sara Palacios are cute and have a sort of colored pencil-like style. The outfits are especially adorable. One of the repeating images is the family cat, which leads to a few humorous moments if you look closely.
For any kids struggling with the idea of school, LOLA KNOWS A LOT should be a definite grab.