Title: The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo
Author: Judy Blume
Illustrator: Amy Aitken
Paperback: 48 pages
Source: Chicago Overdrive
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
Second grader Freddy Dissel has that left-out kind of feeling. Life seems lonely when you’re the middle kid in the family. Freddy feels like “the peanut butter part of a sandwich,” squeezed between an older brother and little sister. But now for the first time it’s Freddy’s chance to show everyone, including himself, just how special he is!
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
This is such a cute book and one I think that kids who are feeling left out (especially middle children) would appreciate. It acknowledges the fact that sometimes having two or more siblings can be lonely because your parents’ attention is split, but it also shows that if you pursue your interests, you can stand out from others and be unique simply by being yourself. Freddy takes an interest in drama, and is therefore able to stand out when he lands a role as a green kangaroo.
The illustrations are cute, friendly, and very colorful. It’s a pretty book to look at for younger children who are interested in the illustrations rather than the story; the words themselves are fairly lyrical and would offer a fun reading aloud experience. I’d definitely recommend this for children who have multiple siblings and who might be feeling unappreciated or left out.