Not Enough Lollipops

by Megan Maynor (Author) Micah Player (Illustrator)

Not Enough Lollipops
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Alice thinks it's her lucky day when she wins a wagon full of lollipops, but sharing them with her classmates is more complicated than it seems. Can she find a fair way to divvy up the sweets?

When Alice wins an enormous basket of lollipops in the raffle she's happy to share her good fortune with friends and classmates, but everyone seems to have a different opinion about how she should divide the bounty. Suddenly, Alice's big prize becomes a big conundrum. Should she give extras to her friends? Should she withhold lollipops from the kids who always hog the tire swing? As she weighs her options, the panic grows. What if there aren't enough to go around!? This hilarious and thought-provoking story uses lollipops in the school yard to illustrate how cooperation and generosity can make even the most daunting problems solvable.

Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review
Even for the anti-confectionary crowd, a believable, relatable story that avoids a saccharine conclusion.

Publishers Weekly

When Alice, who has white skin, dark hair, and sports pink spectacles, wins a wagonload of lollipops in a school raffle, all of her classmates clamor for one: "Can I have one, too?" "Sure, if there's enough," says Alice. But her nonchalance strikes a definite chord: her peers respond first with panic ("There aren't enough?!"), then with bribes, threats, and sob stories ("I haven't had a lollipop since my last haircut," wails a shaggy kid), and even attempts to turn one classmate against another ("Don't count the New Kid. This prize is for your real classmates"). Player's (Paletero Man) digital cartooning uses a candy-hued palette to emphasize the school's escalating mania, with compositions that lean into the book's horizontal format offering a sense of the commotion's emotional and geographic sweep. Finally, Alice insists the kids line up for the treats, and sanity is restored: some realize that lollipops aren't such a big deal, apologies are proffered to offended parties, and it turns out there are more than enough to go around. Though Maynor (A House for Every Bird) plays it all for laughs, the story should spark conversations about scarcity mindset. Ages 4-7. Author's agent: Minju Chang, BookStop Literary. Illustrator's agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Jan.)

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Review quotes

Though Maynor plays it all for laughs, the story should spark conversations about scarcity mindset.—Publishers Weekly
Megan Maynor
The sandcastles that Megan Maynor built were mostly on lakeshores, because she is a Minnesota girl herself. These days, she mostly builds stories to share with children. Megan is also the author of Ella and Penguin Stick Together and Ella and Penguin, A Perfect Match. She lives outside Minneapolis with one husband, three kids, and one rabbit. Learn more about Megan and her work at or on Twitter at @Megan_Maynor.

Kate Berube (Bear uh bee) has spent many hours building sandcastles and searching for mermaids on the beaches of Cape Cod and the Oregon coast. Kate is also the illustrator of My Little Half-Moon and The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read and the author and illustrator of Hannah and Sugar, which won the 2017 Literary Arts Oregon Book Award. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and their one-eyed wonder dog, Sugar. Learn more about Kate and her work at and on Twitter at @BerubeKate.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication date
February 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV035000 - Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
Library of Congress categories
Picture books

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