Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
Kate DiCamillo has two books this year – so far, anyway….Raymie Nightingale and now the latest one from Deckawoo Drive. When I crack open one of DiCamillo’s books I can’t wait to find out what wild and wonderful names she has created for her characters. She doesn’t disappoint this time – the latest name of note is Calaband Darsh. I love it! But there’s more to this transitional novel then another great name. In this one, Baby Lincoln finally leaves her overbearing sister Eugenia behind and sets out into the world on her own. But is Baby really ready? I hadn’t thought of it as a coming of age story because, well, Baby Lincoln is no spring chicken.:-) But it is, isn’t it? Baby has set off to discover herself and widen her world and darned if she doesn’t do it. The art, as always, helps create the unusual world of Deckawoo Drive – a place I hope we will be visiting again soon!