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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The story begins with Little Brother’s birthday approaching in The Holiday Boys Make A New Friend by Onicka J. Daniel. Little Brother is having trouble with his classmates and he does not understand why some of his classmates are playing practical jokes on him. He comes home from school, crying, and complains to his big brother and mother. His mother assures him everything will be okay soon. The next day he is surprised to find a note hidden in his lunchbox from his mother. Chloe, one of his brother’s classmates, notices the little brother’s tears and he complains to her about how everyone is playing pranks on him. Chloe tells him the reason why the boys are playing tricks on him and teaches him how to play tricks like the other boys in school.
This is a story of love, togetherness, family, brotherhood, and friendship. The story is wonderful with some good messages for young readers. Very often everyone can feel sad and hurt and the story shows readers how important it is to confide in a parent, an adult, a friend, or a sibling and ask for help. The illustrations are adorable and they capture the bonding between the two brothers and their mother that gives the little brother a sense of belonging. The book ends on a positive note in that ‘things always work out in the end and the sun always shines again,’ which is encouraging and motivating to all readers. The book is a good read and prepares young children when it comes to handling real life situations.