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How to Apologize

How to Apologize

Written by David LaRochelle
Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Candlewick, May 2021
Picture book, 32 pages
Ages 4–8

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-53620-944-0

Awards & Good Things

  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Amazon Best Book
  • Parents magazine’s 30 Best Children’s Books of 2020
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2020
  • Evanston Public Library’s Great Books for Kids List 2020

Book Description

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone knew how to apologize? Luckily, this humorous guidebook is full of practical tips about when, why, and how to say you’re sorry. From a porcupine who accidentally popped his friend’s balloon to a snail who was running so fast he stepped on a sloth’s toes, hilarious examples and sweet illustrations abound. For both listeners who are just learning and older readers who need a refresher, this book will come as a welcome reminder that even though apologizing can be hard, it doesn’t have to be complicated.

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“Humorous examples of sincere and insincere apologies drive the messages home, while the illustrations continue to provide comic relief as reparation and restoration of relationships are achieved. VERDICT Straightforward text combined with funny illustrations make for an instructive primer on how to apologize. Children will delight in the hilarious animal antics while absorbing the explanatory lesson without didacticism.”

School Library Journal