2018 Selection

momoMy Cousin Momo written and illustrated by Zachariah OHora

Editorial Review: When a flying squirrel arrives for a visit with relatives, carrying his suitcase, wearing a camera around his neck, and sporting a pink T-shirt and aqua-and-yellow running shoes, he fails to impress his two cousins and their many forest friends. He's too shy to fly for them, and he doesn't know how to play superheroes, hide-and-seek, or acorn-pong. The cousins are frustrated by Momo's behavior (one cousin kicks a mushroom), but when they follow their parents' advice to "Give him some time" and "Just make him feel welcome," they modify the rules of their games so Momo feels included. OHora's stylized illustrations are humorous (Momo dresses as "Muffin Man" when playing superheroes) and touching (he cries as he packs his suitcase, wanting to go home). VERDICT Many children will relate to Momo's situation as he faces new surroundings and experiences and will be relieved when his cousins finally accept him for who he is.
~Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada

The Reviews Are In for My Cousin Momo

"Picture books with hip, quirky illustrations that are not just funny but also have plenty of heart are hard to find. The stylish “My Cousin Momo” by Zachariah OHora has it all." ~ The Boston Globe

"OHora's story soars, encouraging acceptance and being true to yourself." ~ Kirkus Reviews

"OHora could paint stones in the street and make them funny." ~ Publishers Weekly

"Many children will relate to Momo’s situation as he faces new surroundings and experiences and will be relieved when his cousins finally accept him for who he is." ~ School Library Journal

"Fun details—like Momo’s tiny camera and his cousin’s superhero bat costume—will delight. A fab offering." ~ Booklist

"Librarians and parents will delight in the lightly played theme of approaching the unfamiliar with an open mind." ~The Horn Book

"Many kids have experienced the visitor whose reality differs from the fantasy, and the book could encourage youngsters to work through their disappointment to find the value in the genuine." ~BCCB