Going Up!

Sherry J. Lee
Charlene Chua

An elevator ride to a birthday party turns into a shared experience bursting with joy in this multicultural story about community, togetherness and the special feeling of belonging.

Today is Olive's birthday party, and Sophie and her dad have baked cookies. Sophie's dad holds the platter so Sophie can push the elevator button for the tenth floor. But on the way up, the elevator stops to let the Santucci brothers get on. Then on the next floor, Vicky, Babs and their dog, Norman, get in. And as the elevator ascends, it keeps stopping, and more neighbors squeeze in to the crowded space: the Habibs, the Flores family, Mr. Kwan, Vi Tweedle with her Chihuahua, Minx. Everyone is going to the party!

Playfully combining the excitement and anticipation of a party with children's universal love of riding in elevators, Sherry J. Lee's picture book story is ultimately about community and a sense of belonging. With characters from many cultural backgrounds, it showcases the everyday diversity that many urban children experience. Charlene Chua's illustrations provide loads of funny details and visual narratives that aren't in the text, making for a multilayered reading experience. The book's tall, narrow trim size adds to the effect of the rising elevator.

978-1-5253-0113-1 | Apr 7, 2020
List Price: USD $17.99, CAD $19.99
4-color 7 7/8 x 12 40 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-5253-0525-2 | Apr 7, 2020
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $9.99

Awards & Reviews

“[A] thoughtfully inclusive story of friendship and respect across differences.”
— Kirkus Reviews, January 2020
“... enticing ...”
— Publishers Weekly, February 2020
“... an engaging picture-book debut ...”
— The Globe and Mail, March 2020
“A celebration of diversity and a lively portrayal of neighborly conviviality at its best, this story will put readers in a party mood, wherever they live.”
— School Library Journal, April 2020
“... a wonderful storytime book ...”
— CM Magazine, December 2020
2021 - Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2021 - Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens List, Capitol Choices, Winner
2020 - Best Fiction for Younger Readers of 2020, Chicago Public Library, Winner
2020 - Best Canadian Picture Books of 2020, CBC Books, Winner

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