Perky Penguin Press (2017)
Reviewed by Willow Cramer (age 8) for Reader Views Kids (1/18)
“Little Rosa” by Mr. E is about how Little Rosa keeps getting on the bus and to her surprise, the bus is always full of animals! The animals keep making her sit in the back of the bus, but finally she stands up for herself against a group of lions, and takes a front seat. We then learn that one day she refused to give her seat up to a white man and became a leader of the Civil Rights Movement.
I liked that there was a lot of animals, a lot of different characters, and the cool manes on the zebras. I also liked that Little Rosa finally stood up for herself instead of letting others tell her what to do, like I did myself when I stood up to my friends who were being mean to me. They are now much nicer.
I loved the artwork! I don’t think I can ever draw that good, though, but I will try. I really liked the expressions. I made all the faces! I liked so much about the book that there weren’t many things I didn’t like. In fact, I can’t think of anything I didn’t like.
I would definitely recommend this book because it’s about standing up for yourself. I hope other kids who have friend issues like me read this book and use it to help them.
Willow seemed to really enjoy the lessons in “Little Rosa.” She has struggled with having to stand up for herself and though she had already learned to stand up for herself before reading this book, this book reminded her of her own struggle with her friends. She only had really good things to say about it. I also liked the mix of fantasy and history and personified animals the author uses. I hope Mr. E writes other kids books sharing this kind of important history.