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.
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.)Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.