May is a successful businesswoman who does not need a sidekick…until she does.
May, a brown-skinned girl with puffy hair, has a booming business called Word Saver, Inc. She fields calls to “save [the] day” in emergency situations, when she uses her letters to change words and neutralize threats. Angry bees heading for the playground? May dashes over with her “T” to turn them into beets. A snake in a classroom? May throws in a few letters to turn the snake into a sneaker. Her adoring fans love her, but Stu, a blond, white boy in a wheelchair, wants to be her sidekick. His skill is with a lasso, which May sees no use for, and besides, she is a small business owner, not a superhero in need of a sidekick. But one day, as a runaway train hurtles toward town, May has an accident, and Stu arrives just in time to lasso the T, turning the TRAIN into RAIN. May is impressed. On the next emergency, they work together with great success, and May decides she could use his help after all. The cartoony pictures capture the excitement and urgency of the word emergencies, and the white lettering of the magic words is large enough for early readers to follow how the words change.
A clever presentation of literacy in action.(Picture book. 3-8)