Review: Chloe, Instead by Micah Player

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Chloe, Instead by Micah Player

When Molly heard that she was going to have a younger sister, she wanted one that was just like her.  But she got Chloe, instead.  Molly likes to color with crayons.  Chloe likes crayons too, but she likes to eat them.  Molly likes to read books.  Chloe likes books too, but she likes to rip them apart.  She won’t leave Molly’s things alone either.  So when Chloe pushes Molly a bit too far, she yells at her.  But then Molly thinks a bit and calls Chloe back to dance along with her music.  Suddenly, they feel just like true sisters.  In the end, Molly is happy that Chloe is not just like her, instead Chloe is herself and that’s wonderful.

As the narrator, Molly nicely explains exactly how her little sister drives her crazy.  Any older sibling will recognize these behaviors.   It’s good to see a child lose her temper in a picture book and then move on to regain her composure and become positive again.  The ending is too pat and easy, and I wish there was a glimpse of a bit of tension in the end.  That said, the connection formed over music really worked for me as a plot point. 

As you can see from the cover, Player has created a vibrant palette for this picture book.  The bright colors combine with a modern vibe, creating a book that is great fun to read.  The text is simple and quick with pictures that will work well with a crowd.

Modern, dynamic and addressing sibling issues, this book will be welcomed into many families and into story times about siblings.  Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from copy received from Chronicle Books.