Over the Shop by JonArno Lawson

Over the Shop by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Qin Leng. 2021. Ink and watercolor. Published by Candlewick Press.

Brief summary: A little girl living with her grandparent work together in a little shop below. They need to rent a rundown apartment above their business. Several people come to look but are unable to do the work needed to make it livable. One day, a young couple come and roll up their sleeves to make it a home. The couple also help the grandparent make improvements with the store below. The before and after are rewarding to all.

There is a subplot of the young girl trying to befriend an alley cat. Will she tame this wild thing?

Comments: This is a wordless story/story without words. I love these because they allow the young reader to create the words inside their own head. I taught an entire unit on story without words picture books and had students share their words of the illustrations. This was one of their favorite units as well as mine.

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