Going up!

by Lee, Sherry J.,

Format: Print Book 2020
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 8 of 10 copies
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An elevator ride to a birthday party turns into a shared experience bursting with joy in this multicultural story about community, togetherness and the special feeling of belonging. Today is Olive's birthday party, and Sophie and her dad have baked cookies. Sophie's dad holds the platter so Sophie can push the elevator button for the tenth floor. But on the way up, the elevator stops to let the Santucci brothers get on. Then on the next floor, Vicky, Babs and their dog, Norman, get in. And as the elevator ascends, it keeps stopping, and more neighbors squeeze in to the crowded space: the Habibs, the Flores family, Mr. Kwan, Vi Tweedle with her Chihuahua, Minx. Everyone is going to the party!

Playfully combining the excitement and anticipation of a party with children's universal love of riding in elevators, Sherry J. Lee's picture book story is ultimately about community and a sense of belonging. With characters from many cultural backgrounds, it showcases the everyday diversity that many urban children experience. Charlene Chua's illustrations provide loads of funny details and visual narratives that aren't in the text, making for a multilayered reading experience. The book's tall, narrow trim size adds to the effect of the rising elevator.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A jubilee of a book, this celebrates the joy found in sharing special days with a community of people from all walks of life. The story begins with Sophie and Leonard, a child of color and her father, as they prepare treats for Olive's birthday party on the tenth floor of an apartment building. The elevator whisking them to the party upstairs stops on every floor as a diverse cast of neighbors board, each bearing a gift for the birthday girl, while the straightforward text introduces them with a refrain of "Going up!" Once the elevator finally reaches its destination, two fold-out pages reveal the surprise guest of honor. Adding to the fun, the digitally manipulated watercolor, watercolor ink, and colored-pencil illustrations provide hilarious nonverbal story cues that add to the tale's rereading value (especially a mischievous cat that sharp-eyed readers will spot causing trouble on page one). Recommended for children's collections and storytimes about counting."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The enticing opening spread of Lee's debut, featuring a clever vertical format, showcases an invitation to a birthday party for Olive, to be held in the "10th floor party room." After arranging cookies on a platter, Sophie and her father, both brown-skinned, leave their first-floor apartment and push the elevator button, galvanizing a jolly journey upward. Spirits run high--and the elevator becomes increasingly and comically crowded--as it stops at each floor and an affable, multicultural group of neighbors joins the two. The fun is supplied by Chua's (Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao) mixed-media, crayon-hued pictures of festively attired party guests, who include the tattooed Santucci brothers; Mr. and Mrs. Habib and their two grandchildren, dressed as superheroes and holding a bowl of gulab jamun; and the six-member Flores family, all (save the baby) wearing their dancing shoes. On the top floor, a double gatefold opens to reveal the invitees eagerly pouring out of the elevator--and the guest of honor's identity. An added diversion is watching a ready-to-party feline sneaking in and out of the revelry. Ages 3--7. Illustrator's agent: Tracy Marchini, BookEnds Literary. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Birthday parties -- Juvenile fiction.
Apartments -- Juvenile fiction.
Elevators -- Juvenile fiction.
Birthday parties -- Fiction.
Apartments -- Fiction.
Elevators -- Fiction.
Humorous stories.
Humorous fiction.
Publisher Toronto, ON :Kids Can Press,2020
Contributors Chua, Charlene, illustrator.
Language English
Notes Includes fold-out pages.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
ISBN 9781525301131
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