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What's Up, Maloo?

by Genevieve Godbout

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kangaroos, emotions & feelings, friendship
list price: $21.99
published: 2020
publisher: Tundra

Maloo the kangaroo has lost his hop. Can his friends help him find it again? This sweet picture book explores the idea of sadness and the importance of friendship through ups and downs.

No other kangeroo can hop like Maloo! But one day Maloo's friends find him stepping instead of hopping. What's wrong, Maloo? His pals look for ways to help Maloo regain the spring in his step. With patience, support and a little "hop" from his friends, Maloo gets his bounce back.

Simple text and adorable art convey the power of friendship over a gloomy mood in Geneviève Godbout's charming debut as both author and illustrator.

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Contributor notes

Born and raised in Quebec, GENEVIÈVE GODBOUT studied traditional animation in Montreal and at the prestigious Gobelins school in Paris. She is the illustrator of a number of books for children, including Goodnight, Anne, The Pink Umbrella, When Santa Was a Baby, Kindergarten Luck and Joseph Fipps. She recently illustrated a picture-book edition of the beloved classic Mary Poppins. She also works for clothing designers like Nadinoo and Mrs. Pomeranz, creating illustrations and prints for their collections.

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Editorial Review

"Provides quiet assurance to those who recognize this feeling as well as a model for supporting a friend." --Kirkus Reviews
“Godbout leaves room for readers to interpret Maloo’s story in a way that resonates with their own experience or with that of someone they know.” --Quill & Quire
“. . . Its message of friendship and the importance of finding one’s way is sure to spark conversation.” --Montreal Review of Books

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