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Rock What Ya Got
Contributor(s): Berger, Samantha, Kerascoet (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0316561509     ISBN-13: 9780316561501
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
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Binding Type: School And Library
Published: September 2018

Annotation: An artist, displeased with her drawing, tries to make it better but the figure, Viva, comes to life and proclaims that she is happy just as she is.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Individuality; Fiction.
Self-acceptance; Fiction.
Self-realization; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Self-esteem & Self-reliance
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017036934
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 9.00" W x 0.50" (1.09 lbs) 32 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): Samantha Berger has written picture books including What If..., Crankenstein and A Crankenstein Valentine, Witch Spa, Snoozefest, Santa's Reindeer Games, and Martha Doesn't Say Sorry, which won a Parent's Choice Award Honor. When she isn't writing, she's doing voice-overs, traveling the world, and helping rescue dogs. Samantha splits her time between New York City and California.

Kerascoët is the pseudonym for New York Times bestselling husband and wife team Sebastien Cosset and Marie Pommepuy, whose comics and graphic novel work Publishers Weekly has called "unforgettable." They work in ink and watercolor. They recently illustrated Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai and James Patterson's Jacky Ha-Ha, and their own I Walk with Vanessa. They live in Paris, France.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Spring)
An artist's sketch of Viva, a smiling girl with curly hair and light-brown skin, comes to life on the page. The artist tries to re-draw Viva while the original looks on in disapproval ("can I try...to rock what I got?") until they finally reach a mutual understanding. Kerascokt's illustrations bring a sketchpad to life; pages are busy with doodles, sketches, ink stains, and mistakes. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #5)
On a blank piece of paper, an artist sketches a smiling girl with curly hair and light-brown skin. Displeased with her creation (whose name is Viva), she attempts to apply her pencil's eraser to the drawing, only to discover that Viva has come to life on the page. The plucky cartoon-girl grabs the pencil and addresses her creator on paper. "Before you change one line or dot, can I try…to rock what I got?" The artist doesn't listen, flips the page of her sketchbook, and re-draws Viva with a variety of hairstyles, while the original looks on in disapproval. Viva addresses her again, "Rock what ya got and rock it a lot. Look at what IS, not what is NOT!" After some more trial and error, with different body types, backgrounds, etc., Viva reminds the artist that when she herself was younger, she wrote her own book called "Rock What Ya Got" ("Is there a chance that you forgot?"). The two embrace, signaling they will indeed rock what they got. Kerascoët's illustrations bring a sketchpad to life. Pages are busy with doodles, sketches, ink stains, and mistakes, all the while showing an artist's hands on the page and a curious Viva peering down or around corners to observe how her character is being reimagined. Is this a portrait of the artist as a young girl? This clever work of metafiction speaks to readers about creative choices and self-acceptance, and has the ability to engage readers of many ages on multiple levels. julie hakim azzam Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 September)

PreS-Gr 2—An artist puts pen to a blank page, and creates a little girl named Viva. Feeling that something is not quite right with her creation, she attempts to erase the drawing. But Viva has come to life, and has a thing or two to say, because she likes herself just the way she is. The artist tries to reimagine the girl with different hair and body types, and even wonders if changing the story's background will help. But all along, Viva is there with her cheery mantras insisting that we all carve out a spot in this world and be who we are. In the end, Viva points to a book the author had written many years earlier when she was Viva's age, only to reveal that the artist was more or less drawing Viva in her own young image. This is an upbeat story with a charming character whose declarations are infectious. The vivacious watercolor illustrations are a subtle mix of the author's real world combined with Viva's more childlike fictional one. VERDICT A book with a terrific message about finding the best parts of ourselves without judgment, and reminding all readers to "rock what ya got!" An excellent addition to picture book shelves.—Jessica Marie, Salem Public Library, OR

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.
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