As usual, this informative introduction to one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in America doesn’t shy away from what some may consider overly complex medical terminology. Dow places trust in his young readers and their ability to absorb high-level information, or to ask questions when they don’t understand something, as definitions of key terms are provided in the glossary. Florence also discusses specific risk factors and how to prevent type 2 diabetes, which will give kids and adults the chance to talk about what a healthy lifestyle looks like.
Kaney’s illustrations show the three friends and Nurse Florence sitting at their lunch table, with occasional close-ups of their animated faces as they talk. This time Florence is depicted as a young white woman with brown hair and anime-style eyes that make her seem affable and approachable. The pictures are somewhat basic and lacking in detail, but they offer helpful context for specific aspects of this discussion, such as pill bottles, glucose monitors, and pictures of the human body. Overall this story offers an insightful look at a common disease that many people will find relevant to their own lives.
Takeaway: A friendly school nurse teaches three young friends about type 2 diabetes.
Comparable Titles: Missy Mareau Garcia’s the Ups and Downs of Audrey Mae, Michael Lawson’s Open Up Your Bag.
Design and typography: B
Marketing copy: A-