Going Up!
An elevator ride to a birthday party turns into a shared experience bursting with joy in this multicultural story about community, togetherness and the special feeling of belonging.Today is Olive's birthday party, and Sophie and her dad have baked cookies. Sophie's dad holds the platter so Sophie can push the elevator button for the tenth floor. But on the way up, the elevator stops to let the Santucci brothers get on. Then on the next floor, Vicky, Babs and their dog, Norman, get in. And as the elevator ascends, it keeps stopping, and more neighbors squeeze in to the crowded space: the Habibs, the Flores family, Mr. Kwan, Vi Tweedle with her Chihuahua, Minx. Everyone is going to the party!Playfully combining the excitement and anticipation of a party with children's universal love of riding in elevators, Sherry J. Lee's picture book story is ultimately about community and a sense of belonging. With characters from many cultural backgrounds, it showcases the everyday diversity that many urban children experience. Charlene Chua's illustrations provide loads of funny details and visual narratives that aren't in the text, making for a multilayered reading experience. The book's tall, narrow trim size adds to the effect of the rising elevator.

Going Up! Details

TitleGoing Up!
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 7th, 2020
PublisherHachette Book Group
ISBN-139781525301131
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books

Going Up! Review

  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    Sophie and her Dad are invoted to a birthday party on the tenth floor of their block of flats. They take a lift which stops almost on every floor and more and more people from their wonderful multicultural community get in. The book made me think about my own neighbourhood and its great diversity.The stoy is very simple, but it is a sweet and happy one, where people from different ethnithities, religions, gender, age and ability love and support each other.It is important to read books like this Sophie and her Dad are invoted to a birthday party on the tenth floor of their block of flats. They take a lift which stops almost on every floor and more and more people from their wonderful multicultural community get in. The book made me think about my own neighbourhood and its great diversity.The stoy is very simple, but it is a sweet and happy one, where people from different ethnithities, religions, gender, age and ability love and support each other.It is important to read books like this to our children, because they reflect our life.There are fantastic details e.g. one of the Santucci brothers ( rocker guys) has a very cute T-shirt with yarn and knitting needles. The colours are lovely and cheerful- they render the experience of the little girl anticipating the birthday party and her happiness at seeing her neighbours.Thank you to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • La Coccinelle
    January 1, 1970
    This slightly claustrophobic picture book is rather cute, showing a community of friends all gathering together for a birthday party as the elevator takes them up to the tenth floor.The story is told by Sophie, who goes to the party with her dad. They live on the first floor, so they take their cookies that they baked and get into the elevator. As they stop at each floor, more and more friends get on. And they're a diverse bunch. There's the Santucci brothers, who look like aging rockers (but This slightly claustrophobic picture book is rather cute, showing a community of friends all gathering together for a birthday party as the elevator takes them up to the tenth floor.The story is told by Sophie, who goes to the party with her dad. They live on the first floor, so they take their cookies that they baked and get into the elevator. As they stop at each floor, more and more friends get on. And they're a diverse bunch. There's the Santucci brothers, who look like aging rockers (but who also love cats and knitting); the Habib family, whose grandkids are dressed as superheroes and carrying a South Asian snack to share; the Flores family, which includes an adolescent boy in a tutu; and even Arnie, who plays the bass and wears orange Crocs. Ignoring the weight limit on the elevator, the group eventually makes it up to the tenth floor and the party begins!There are lots of cute details in the illustrations. This is a book that you'll probably want to look at more than once, just to make sure you see everything. The story is simple, but the concept is done quite well.Overall, this is a pleasant picture book with a diverse cast and a joyous premise. Who doesn't love a party with friends?Thank you to NetGalley and Hachette Book Group for providing a digital ARC.
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  • Christi M
    January 1, 1970
    Party on the 10th floor! Olive is having a birthday party and has invited all her friends. In a building that reminds me a little of the Wayside School building where each floor is only one room, we see all of Olives friends get on the elevator to take them up to the the party.The story starts with a picture of the invitation inviting Leonard (dad) and Sophie (young daughter). Together, the two bake cookies for the party and go to the elevator where she gets to push the button. The elevator Party on the 10th floor! Olive is having a birthday party and has invited all her friends. In a building that reminds me a little of the Wayside School building where each floor is only one room, we see all of Olive’s friends get on the elevator to take them up to the the party.The story starts with a picture of the invitation inviting Leonard (dad) and Sophie (young daughter). Together, the two bake cookies for the party and go to the elevator where she gets to push the button. The elevator starts to go up, but doesn’t go too far before it stops on the 2nd floor where two brothers get on – the Santucci brothers, who are dressed like they might be part of a biker gang (or maybe they’re Rockers?). Again the elevator goes up only to stop at the next floor.This elevator is magical. At the end of the story, I counted 21 people, 2 dogs, and a bass and clarinet all fitting into the elevator. Even the people in the elevator laugh about whether the elevator can hold them all. The neighbors in this building all appear to be friends with each other, but what I love is the wide range of diversity they bring to the story. Not only multi-cultural it includes neighbors with different interests and different ages. This is a cute and happy picture book that will be sure to please readers and listeners of the book.Rating: 5 stars
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.This is a cute and beautifully illustrated book about a party that everyone in an apartment block has been invited to. This book shows how we are all different and unique ad how even though we are different we can still all be friends. A great book about community spirit for children.
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  • İlkim
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.What a sweet story! I loved it and smiled at every page. Those variations in characters / families are really enjoyable, drawings are so cute. And the message is important. I would suggest this book to all young readers.
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  • Etienne
    January 1, 1970
    3,5/5. Simple and already seen kind of story but still a good and fun book about living together, even if we are all so different in some ways, we are very similar in others!
  • Fazila
    January 1, 1970
    FULL REVIEWDISCLAIMER : Thank you NetGalley and Kids Can Press for this ARC.I loved this book. It was fun, vibrant, simplistic in its executions with beautiful illustrations. The story shows a wonderful cast of characters and they all share their ride happily. The comfort, sense of community is evident and we see they all have good relationship and friendships with one another. The urban experience of living in buildings and the riding of elevator to different homes, the multicultural diversity FULL REVIEWDISCLAIMER : Thank you NetGalley and Kids Can Press for this ARC.I loved this book. It was fun, vibrant, simplistic in its executions with beautiful illustrations. The story shows a wonderful cast of characters and they all share their ride happily. The comfort, sense of community is evident and we see they all have good relationship and friendships with one another. The urban experience of living in buildings and the riding of elevator to different homes, the multicultural diversity you get from the Urban living is all beautifully illustrated. I think this will be a great picture book for kids to read and is very simple, short sentences won't intimidate young ones either. I think this would be a great book for young kids and I will definitely want a copy for my kids as well. I think this would be a good story for them as well. I gave the book 5 stars and highly recommend it.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    This is a cute picture book about a magic elevator. No, not really. It isn't magic. It just manages to hold everyone from 9 other floors in it, while it goes up and up to the 10th floor where the party is.And what a wonderful group of people that are picked up, people of all sizes, shapes, nationalities, religions and ideologies. Plus cats and dogs.A fun picture book to read through and look at everyone involved.Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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  • Amit Verma
    January 1, 1970
    Generally elevators catch imagination of little kids. They love to go up and down in it. With appropriate company and precautions kids love to play the game of elevator.This cute story is about a building, people living in it, a giant elevator and a planned birthday party.It is a cozy story decorated by vivid colorful artwork.Different people from different cultural background assemble at 10th floor to celebrate a birthday.With them they bring their best gifts and eatables.Our main character a Generally elevators catch imagination of little kids. They love to go up and down in it. With appropriate company and precautions kids love to play the game of elevator.This cute story is about a building, people living in it, a giant elevator and a planned birthday party.It is a cozy story decorated by vivid colorful artwork.Different people from different cultural background assemble at 10th floor to celebrate a birthday.With them they bring their best gifts and eatables.Our main character a little girl, finds it so interesting and is very happy.A simple vocabulary that little tots can read themselves.A lovely little kids fiction that is absolutely adorable.Thanks netgalley and publisher for review copy.
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  • Donna Maguire
    January 1, 1970
    Review to be added to Amazon UK and US on 7th April 2020 - publication day!I thought that this was a fun book, it was easy to follow and the images were goodI liked the mix of characters that were in the story tooIt is 4 stars from me for this one - highly recommended!
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Going Up! is a bright and boisterous book! It all starts on the first floor of the narrator's apartment building-- as she and her father go up the elevator, more and more of their friendly neighbors stack in on their way to Olive's birthday party on the tenth floor! Who will they greet at each level? And a better question-- will they all be able to fit in the elevator? Entertaining and sweet, this book is sure to put a smile on your face, as it did mine.
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  • Amy Layton
    January 1, 1970
    When Olive invites everyone to her party, she really meant everyone.  How can so many people from each floor fit into one single elevator?  And it's not just people, but their pets and instruments and pastries and gifts!  Everyone's laughing, filled with love and community, and they all want nothing more than to make this birthday party a smashing hit.  With adorable illustrations that feature a wide variety of characters (bikers, musicians, introverts, extroverts, Korean, black, differently When Olive invites everyone to her party, she really meant everyone.  How can so many people from each floor fit into one single elevator?  And it's not just people, but their pets and instruments and pastries and gifts!  Everyone's laughing, filled with love and community, and they all want nothing more than to make this birthday party a smashing hit.  With adorable illustrations that feature a wide variety of characters (bikers, musicians, introverts, extroverts, Korean, black, differently abled, and so on!), this truly strikes the heart of its message: community and loving and giving make us all love each other even more.  Absolutely darling.  Great for grades K-3.  Review cross-listed here!
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This book was received as an ARC from Kids Can Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.This book was so adorably brilliant. I almost laughed with joy that everybody in the building was so friendly and they held the door open for anyone and their pets even when the elevator was at max capacity. Then later we came to realize that it was all for being together for a dog's birthday party. Every floor picked up somebody new and no This book was received as an ARC from Kids Can Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.This book was so adorably brilliant. I almost laughed with joy that everybody in the building was so friendly and they held the door open for anyone and their pets even when the elevator was at max capacity. Then later we came to realize that it was all for being together for a dog's birthday party. Every floor picked up somebody new and no matter where they were headed or who they were with, everybody welcomed them with open arms and I wish that was life was like at my apartment complex.We will consider adding this title to our Picture Book collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Rather.be.reading1
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this cute book. It was slightly longer than I anticipated it being, but that did not affect the book. It had a simple concept, but a very cute message about community and different types of people and I really think we need books like this right now.
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  • Becky B
    January 1, 1970
    Neighbors in an apartment building all pile in to the elevator on the way to Olives birthday party on the top floor. But as the elevator stops on each floor, the elevator gets more and more crowded. Will everyone make it to the party?I felt like this book was all about showcasing the diversity of the people who live in the building and forgot about the plot. It seems like there should be more of a problem with the elevator or some need to problem solve to get everyone in, but nope. Nothing. So Neighbors in an apartment building all pile in to the elevator on the way to Olive’s birthday party on the top floor. But as the elevator stops on each floor, the elevator gets more and more crowded. Will everyone make it to the party?I felt like this book was all about showcasing the diversity of the people who live in the building and forgot about the plot. It seems like there should be more of a problem with the elevator or some need to problem solve to get everyone in, but nope. Nothing. So it does end up all about the diversity. There’s single parent families, multi-parent families, sibling pairs, a gay couple, and a single lady with her dog. There’s people of African descent, Hispanic descent, Indian descent, and probably Korean and Japanese (just going by the names). And they all just cram in an elevator, the doors open and they are at a party and bam, that’s it. I feel like just a couple more pages would have allowed at least something of a plot to develop. You don't even really get to know how the neighbors feel about each other or anything. They just get introduced, enter the elevator and on to the next floor. The illustration style is cute. The concept had promised but just kind of fell flat. If I could give half stars this would be a 2.5. I’ll round it up for the artwork. I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Eve beinguniquebooks
    January 1, 1970
    This book is fabulous for showing a sense of community in a tower block of flats/appartments. People and dogs of all ages join in the party fun with their friends and family to celebrate their friends birthday all together bringing their own treats to the party to share together.The illustrations brought the story to life and I loved how the characters had a pencil sketch and coloured in feel about them too.It was a great read that'll teach children about sharing, caring and helping others This book is fabulous for showing a sense of community in a tower block of flats/appartments. People and dogs of all ages join in the party fun with their friends and family to celebrate their friends birthday all together bringing their own treats to the party to share together.The illustrations brought the story to life and I loved how the characters had a pencil sketch and coloured in feel about them too.It was a great read that'll teach children about sharing, caring and helping others especially those in the same community.Many thanks to the publishers for allowing me to review this book for them!
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Going Up! is a fun story about a little girls, named Sophie, elevator ride to a birthday party on the tenth floor of her apartment building. On each floor, more and more residents join Sophie and her father on their ride. This book was a fun time! I can definitely see my students really enjoying it. In addition, it also has an extremely diverse and inclusive cast of characters, which we love! I Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Going Up! is a fun story about a little girl’s, named Sophie, elevator ride to a birthday party on the tenth floor of her apartment building. On each floor, more and more residents join Sophie and her father on their ride. This book was a fun time! I can definitely see my students really enjoying it. In addition, it also has an extremely diverse and inclusive cast of characters, which we love! I think that’s the strongest message that this book carries. All in all, I highly recommend Going Up! to any caretaker or teacher, and I will for sure be adding it to my classroom wish list
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    This book features families of many kinds getting on to an elevator to attend a birthday party in an apartment building - the people and the families that get on are all happy and diverse. There is representation for different kinds of families and many skin colors, as well as diversity in last names. The illustrations are detailed enough that my child had fun searching for things, and it could create interesting conversations for older students. The words were simple and repetitive, and lend This book features families of many kinds getting on to an elevator to attend a birthday party in an apartment building - the people and the families that get on are all happy and diverse. There is representation for different kinds of families and many skin colors, as well as diversity in last names. The illustrations are detailed enough that my child had fun searching for things, and it could create interesting conversations for older students. The words were simple and repetitive, and lend themselves to making inferences and predictions. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Maria Antonia
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fun story about a girl and her dad who have been invited to a birthday party on the top floor of their apartment building. As they ride the elevator, more and more friends get on. There's a little twist at the end (which I figured out, but kids probably won't see it coming).The only thing about this book for me was the fact that there seemed to be too many people on that elevator! Maybe it's because I have a slight fear of elevators... Anyhow, I did like the neighbourliness of the This is a fun story about a girl and her dad who have been invited to a birthday party on the top floor of their apartment building. As they ride the elevator, more and more friends get on. There's a little twist at the end (which I figured out, but kids probably won't see it coming).The only thing about this book for me was the fact that there seemed to be too many people on that elevator! Maybe it's because I have a slight fear of elevators... Anyhow, I did like the neighbourliness of the people in the apartment.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    A simple story well executed. This is a fun and engaging book about community. I appreciate the diverse characters subtly and respectfully weaved into the story. The detail in the illustrations crescendo with the addition of more and more people in the elevator, and that really enhances the suspense. Will everybody make it to the party on the 10th floor?Thank you, Kids Can Press and NetGalley!
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  • Kaitlyn
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is an adorable book about a girl and her dad going to their neighbor, Olive's, birthday party. As they go up in the elevator, many more people get on the elevator with them. There are so many bright and wonderful colors in this book and the illustrations are on point and attract the reader's eye. Honestly, that many people shouldn't have gotten on the elevator together - they probably maxed out the weight limit - but it I received this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is an adorable book about a girl and her dad going to their neighbor, Olive's, birthday party. As they go up in the elevator, many more people get on the elevator with them. There are so many bright and wonderful colors in this book and the illustrations are on point and attract the reader's eye. Honestly, that many people shouldn't have gotten on the elevator together - they probably maxed out the weight limit - but it is super cute and Olive is not who I expected her to be!
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  • Ada
    January 1, 1970
    This was a wonderful book! We absolutely loved the story it told and the surprise at the end. The illustrations are great and really but;d the crazy feeling about how cramped it is in the lift. The story is fun and really easy to get excited about, for little ones. Ada really enjoyed it and liked all the dogs in the lift!
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  • Jennifer Georges
    January 1, 1970
    The illustrations are so adorable and fun and bubbly. I love the feel the illustrations give the book. The includes so much inclusivity and diversity, I love that about this book. Also the book is not too text heavy so it would be it would be a wonderful classroom read.-aloud. I would recommend it for K-3 classrooms.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Theres a party for Olive on the 10th floor, and Sophie and her dad are going up! Olive is popularthe elevator stops at every floor, and Sophie tells us whos getting on and what theyre bringing. Families of many configurations and origins bringing treats like gulab jamun pile in. Going up! is a repeated refrain after each floor. Somehow, everyone fits and arrives at Olives party, where we learn from the illustration that Olive is a dog and her human is a young woman in a wheelchair. That refrain There’s a party for Olive on the 10th floor, and Sophie and her dad are going up! Olive is popular—the elevator stops at every floor, and Sophie tells us who’s getting on and what they’re bringing. Families of many configurations and origins bringing treats like gulab jamun pile in. “Going up!” is a repeated refrain after each floor. Somehow, everyone fits and arrives at Olive’s party, where we learn from the illustration that Olive is a dog and her human is a young woman in a wheelchair. That refrain will be fun for storytime, the bright and exuberant illustrations are festive, and I’ve never seen such a diverse collection of human characters portrayed in a book that isn’t itself *about* “all are welcome”/diversity. It was definitely noticeable, but didn’t seem forced—or if a little forced, believably so. Grateful to have received a digital preview via #netgalley
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Sophie and her father ride the elevator to the 10th floor for Olives birthday. The elevator makes a few stops along the way as they pick up other partygoers. With each floor, the excitement grows!I loved that the author represented a variety of cultures and backgrounds in this book. The bright illustrations provide funny details and reflect the party vibe. Children will love guessing who gets on next! Sophie and her father ride the elevator to the 10th floor for Olive’s birthday. The elevator makes a few stops along the way as they pick up other partygoers. With each floor, the excitement grows!I loved that the author represented a variety of cultures and backgrounds in this book. The bright illustrations provide funny details and reflect the party vibe. Children will love guessing who gets on next!
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  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    Very diverse. Almost to the point of trying to say "Look how diverse these characters are!" But then again, why not? It's a fun story and kids will like the increase in the tension as the elevator get more and more full each floor it stops at.
  • Habibeh Razavi
    January 1, 1970
    An Adorable toddler book, with interesting animation and a funny story. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and my son was laughing the whole time.Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review.
  • Megan Sanks
    January 1, 1970
    I loved how diverse the cast of characters were in Sophie's building!
  • Aliza Werner
    January 1, 1970
    A diverse crowd, clever and humorous details, and a lot of love for neighbors in this sweet story.
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    Claustrophobics beware!
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