Family Reunion

Family Reunion
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May 01, 2021
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In this contemporary #OwnVoices tale, a boy is reluctant to go to his family reunion, which he's sure will be boring. Vivid, poetic language and rich illustrations bring readers along for the boy's emotional journey, as he ultimately finds himself enjoying the large and joyous gathering in spite of himself. This modern kid's-eye view depiction of a Black American extended family celebrates the importance of kinship and intergenerational ties.

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fun picture book about extended family
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FAMILY REUNION is a colorful picture book that captures all the joy of seeing family, even when you think you don't want to go. A young boy would rather stay at home and play video games than go to his family reunion. He reluctantly attends, and even though he tries to stay apart, he starts to notice all the fun of being around family, catching up with older family members and playing with his cousins.

What I loved: The illustrations are really fantastic with lots of bright colors and all the joy of family. The story arc is great with the reluctance to go and preference for video games, which is not an uncommon feeling of kids, to the way he slowly gets pulled into all the love and fun of seeing family. The poetic writing adds an interesting touch to the book with almost a stream-of-consciousness feel.

What left me wanting more: The writing is a bit awkward in places, and a bit more explanation would be helpful for young children, though the poetry is cool and lends itself to brevity.

Final verdict: A brightly colored picture book, FAMILY REUNION is all about the joy of seeing and spending time with extended family. Recommend for elementary school aged readers.
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