Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Lilly loves all sorts of things. She loves school, she loves dressing up, she even grows to love her stinky baby brother, Julius. In fact, Lilly loves everything! At least, she loves everything most of the time. Even Lilly has some bad days, but when you have movie star sunglasses and a purple plastic purse, how bad can it be?

If you love life, then you’ll love Lilly!


“Henkes gets it all just right. . . . All of the bustling, inventive artwork is a pleasure to look at. . . . The whole book, art and text, is lovingly layered to express the mixed emotions that all of us experience.” Booklist(starred review)


ALA Notable Children’s Book
Booklist Editors’ Choice
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon
Horn Book Fanfare
Publishers Weekly Best Book
School Library Journal Best Book
New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
IRA Children’s Choice
American Booksellers Book of the Year Award
American Booksellers Association “Pick of the Lists”
Children’s Literature Choice List
California Great Reads Award
Zena Sutherland Award (Chicago, IL)

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