Pouch, by David Ezra Stein; $15.99; published 2009; G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin)
Hot off the presses, be sure to check out this latest release from the author of Leaves, The Nice Book, and Monster Hug. The story follows Joey the kangaroo, who is a bit hesitant to explore the world. Joey tries out two hops, then retreats to the safety of mama’s pouch. Then he tries a few more hops. Before long, Joey hops farther, and even makes new friends. This lovely book elicits a chuckle as it deals with the challenge of venturing into the world for the first time.
Be sure and check out the author’s “behind the scenes” on the making of Pouch.