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Deep thoughts

Two sparsely worded, beautifully illustrated stories explore the emotional highs and lows of adorable animal friends
What’s Up, Maloo?

What’s Up, Maloo?

Geneviève Godbout

Tundra Books, Ages 3–7

King Mouse

Cary Fagan and Dena Seiferling, ill.

Tundra Books, Ages 3–7

PITS OF DESPAIR AND INTENSE EUPHORIA feel wildly different, although both can disconnect us from reality. Two new picture books, one about the lowest low and one about the highest high, examine how easy it is to lose oneself in the midst of overpowering emotions.

In Geneviève Godbout’s author-illustrator debut, What’s Up, Maloo?, an ungendered kangaroo experiences a dramatic mood shift, switching from happy hopping to despondent near-paralysis in just three pages. A friendly wallaby, crocodile, and koala try offering pickme- ups to no avail. Maloo continues on for “Ten steps … one hundred steps … one thousand steps …” before making a trepidatious hop and receiving a kind-hearted boost of support from friends, in the form of an improvised trampoline.

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