Lister and Lester are identical twins, who like typical brothers, copy and compete with each other. Their younger brother, Liam, is of course left out and just wants to play. The first day of summer, Lister and Lester open rivaling lemonade stands and spend all of their earnings on gimmicks to appeal to their respective customers. The twins eventually go into debt, even owing their parents money. Although little, Liam is an opportunist and opens a cost efficient, specialty apple juice stand. In exchange for playtime, Liam hires his twin brothers to come work for him to help pay off their debt. Opening a business is tough.
Suitable for kindergarten to third graders, Liam Takes A Stand is a picture book about family and hard work mixed in with a little youth entrepreneurship. Although I am not a huge fan of the disproportionate body parts—big ears, overly skinny legs, too long arms—nor the mismatched colored illustrations, children can enjoy this true to real life story about siblings. At times, the plot is humorous and the outcome realistic—after all, brothers will always compete and play.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Owlkids Books for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Liam Takes A Stand by Troy Wilson and illustrated by Josh Holinaty (Owlkids Books, 2017)
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