Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: Liam Takes a Stand
Publish July 18, 2017
In Troy Wilson’s latest picture book, Liam Takes a Stand, a young entrepreneur learns that hard work and patience can help him compete with his twin brothers’ outrageous business plans. Liam would like to play with his older siblings, but Lister and Lester are constantly busy trying to outdo each other and have no time for their little brother. When the twins open rival lemonade stands, they reject Liam’s offers to help, even when he volunteers his efforts for free. Determine to show how hard he can work, Liam takes odd jobs about the neighbourhood and quietly begins planning for his own business. Just as the increasingly zany promotional gimmicks peak at Lester’s Lemonade Universe and Lister’s Lemonade Multiverse, Liam opens an artisanal apple juice stand. Liam’s Apple Avenue quickly drives Lester and Lister into bankruptcy, creating an opportunity for Liam to negotiate the playtime with his brothers he has been asking for all along.
Liam Takes a Stand is both a humorous story of over-the-top sibling rivalry and a tongue-in-cheek critique of aggressive marketing and business practices. Josh Halinaty’s bright, cartoonish illustrations provide a comical contrast to Wilson’s simple, repetitive text. Younger readers will be drawn to the pages showing the frenzied chaos of Lister’s and Lester’s dueling promotional schemes, while older readers may be motivated to embark on their own entrepreneurial adventures. Entertaining and satisfying, Liam Takes a Stand is especially recommended for youngest siblings who may feel overshadowed by older brothers or sisters.
Roseanne Gauthier is the Youth Services Librarian for the Prince Edward Island (PEI) Public Library Service, and is PEI's 2017 award-winning 'Champion of Reading'. She has worked in the Faculties of Education at both the University of Prince Edward Island and Mount Saint Vincent University and spent two amazing years as the Children’s Librarian at the Confederation Centre Public Library. She holds an MLIS from Dalhousie University, and an MA from the University of Waterloo. Roseanne lives in Charlottetown, PEI with her husband, their adorable daughter, and two tuxedo cats.
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