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Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite
Ava LoRay Wants To Play, written by Jessica Quarnstrom and illustrated by Gabriela Dieppa, is the tale of a little girl called Ava, who wants to go out and play with her friends, Austin and Aiden. Her mom tells her she cannot go out until she cleans her room. Ava is frustrated because her room is very messy and will take a long time to clean. At first, she struggles, attempting to hide her toys rather than actually clean up. Soon she realizes that it is not a good idea when they won't fit anywhere she tries to hide them. Eventually Ava realizes that she needs a plan and uses a to-do list to help her tidy up.
Jessica Quarnstrom has written a charming and fun book with Ava LoRay Wants To Play. Ava is relatable to kids, because they too face messy rooms and as they get older, they would be encouraged to tidy them up after themselves. The book teaches kids that in order to tackle a big job, like a very messy room, it is important to have a plan. Ava's to-do list helps her to break the job down into smaller steps, which enables her to complete the job in good time to go out and play with her friends. I loved the illustrations; they help tell the story and kids will love looking at them. I think this would appeal to children in the 5-8-year-old age range. This would be the time when they start taking on more responsibility. I would recommend it.