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This sweet author-illustrator debut celebrates imagination, the magic of friendship, and all the different ways we make a new place feel like home.

For Ren, home is his grandmother’s little house, and the lush forest that surrounds it. Home is a place of magic and wonder, filled with all the fantastical friends that Ren dreams up. Home is where his imagination c
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Dial Books for Young Readers
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Adriana Martinez Figueroa
A New Kind of Wild is a love letter to Puerto Rico and its diaspora in New York City through the eyes of a little boy named Ren. Every inch of each page is filled to the brim with beautiful art done in watercolors and colored pencils; from coquíes to unicorns, the real meshes with the imaginary in the way it does in the mind of a kid full of love for their home. Zara brings in details from the island to life, such as the flor de maga, and details from the city, such as a rat eating a cookie; I kep ...more
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Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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When Ren has to leave his home on the edge of the magical wild in Puerto Rico, he is overwhelmed in the new big city and dislikes everything about it. It's too loud, too crowded, and definitely not magical. But his new neighbor Ava is determined to show him what she loves about the big city where she has grown up. Through her eyes, Ren learns that different doesn't mean bad, and he learns to love the very different magic found in the big city.

The illustrations are the best part of th
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Veronica Jorge
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A New Kind of Wild by Zara Gonzalez Hoang, author/illustrator
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2020 ARC ISBN 978 0 525 55389 2

When little Ren leaves his house by the rainforest, a place of magical adventures and grandma’s love, his wild green world is replaced by the brick and drab grey cement of the big city.

Ren feels uprooted and lonely until he meets his neighbor, Ava who persuades him that change can be good. Ava takes him around the city and shows him that even in the city th
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Andrew
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ren is used to the wildness around his foresty home, full of mystical creatures big and small to run and play with. When he has to move to the city, he feels so lonely and out of place. When he meets Ava, she tries to show him the life of the city, but it's still just not the same. A New Kind of Wild is a moving-away tale that admits you don't need to forget about your old home, while still discovering the excitement and adventures in new places.
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A sweet picture book about the difficulties of moving to a new home and finding the magic wherever you live.
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Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A lovely story about friendship and home, with colorful and vibrant watercolor artwork.
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