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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Corona Daze is a children’s social issues picture book written and illustrated by Jennifer Angel. Eva was fine when she was told that she had to stay home that first day. It was only a day, right? There were things she could do at home. But the one day stretched into a second and a third, and suddenly Eva was wondering when would she be able to leave home again? When would life go back to what it was before Covid-19? Eva never thought she would miss going to school, but she did. She definitely missed going to the playground and playing on the swings and monkey bars. Even going to the supermarket or a store would be fun for a change. And she missed Baba and Tata a lot. Eva noticed that things were changing in the world outside, and she was changing too. She knew to wash her hands and wear a mask if she went outside; she also knew about social distancing and how important it was. Her parents had told her about the coronavirus, and she didn’t want to get sick. For now, she makes the best of what she has, and one of these days, it will get better.
Jennifer Angel’s Corona Daze is an important book for kids and parents who are still trying to make sense of the pandemic and the drastic impact it has on families. Angel’s story tells it like it is without pandering to or patronizing young readers, and it reminds the adults in those young readers’ lives that kids are having a hard time processing the restrictions and the loss of all the things that have been a regular part of a child’s life. Yes, they do worry, and they certainly wonder when it will all go away. Angel’s artwork is an inspirational blend of photographic images and cartoon illustrations that captures quite eloquently the disconnect between reality and the new reality of the pandemic. Corona Daze is most highly recommended.