Sofia Valdez, Future Prez
The accomplished dream team of author Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts who brought us the irresistible Iggy Peck, Rosie Revere and Ada Twist, has created: Sofia Valdez, Future Prez, their first activist.
“Sofia was a baby who got things done, helping her family before she was one.” She and her beloved Abuelo assist elderly neighbors with grocery shopping and dog walking, and lift spirits with a visit and a chat. Sofia likes to make things better.
One day, while Abuelo is walking Sofia to school, he twists his ankle on some debris from the landfill known as Mount Trashmore. Knowing Abuelo is hurt and unable to be her companion for a while, Sofia was as mad as she was sad. But the spunky second grader had an idea: to turn the dangerous Mount Trashmore into a park. She thought and she planned and listened to suggestions from her enthusiastic neighbors. When it became clear that the suggestions were just words and didn’t include help, Sofia took the lead, and herself to city hall.
This timely story is about standing up for what one believes in, presenting a solution that benefits all, and working together to make that dream happen. Strength of conviction, listening to others, collaboration, and an indomitable spirt are the superpowers of Sofia Valdez.
Beaty’s characters are more pronounced, her rhyming text is richer; Roberts’ illustrations are lusher and more whimsical than previous works in the series. Marisa Blake’s narration sets the pitch perfect pacing, underscores the clever page design, and eliminates the need for visual animation.
Claire Green ©2020 Parents’ Choice
Claire is president of Parents’ Choice Foundation and serves as a judge on several national toy and music award committees. She champions toys, books, and media that offer children new perspectives and playful adventures in learning.