Cover image for Maybe tomorrow? / by Charlotte Agell ; illustrated by Ana Ramírez González.
Maybe tomorrow? / by Charlotte Agell ; illustrated by Ana Ramírez González.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2019.

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1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 25 cm
Elba carries the black block of grief and sadness wherever she goes--until Norris comes along and helps her to let go of the block and enjoy life again.
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A tender exploration of loss, and how kindness and friendship can help us heal.

Elba has a black block. She's been dragging it around for a long time. Norris dances everywhere he goes, even uphill. He is always surrounded by a happy cloud of butterflies. Can Norris and his butterflies lighten Elba's load and convince her to join them on a trip to the ocean?

This tender exploration of loss uses a block as a metaphor for grief and illuminates how kindness and friendship can lift our spirits, help us heal, and see us through many tomorrows. It will resonate with anyone who has experienced loss, from the death of a loved one or a pet, to a friend moving away, or the transition to a new home or family situation.

Author Notes

Charlotte Agell was born in Norsjo, Sweden, and grew up in Montreal, Canada. She is the mother of two grown children and works as a teacher in Saco, Maine. She is the author and illustrator of several picture books, chapter books, and young adult fiction in Canada and abroad. You can learn more about her work at

Ana Ramirez is a visual artist who worked as an animator on Pixar's Academy Award-winning Coco , and illustrated the companion picture book Coco: Miguel and the Grand Harmony . Ana grew up in Guanajuato, Mexico, and lives in Oakland, California.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Norris the alligator is optimism personified: he's so upbeat that a cloud of fluttering butterflies surrounds him wherever he goes. Elba, a pink hippo, couldn't be more different: she spends her days sitting on a big black block. ("Is it fun?" asks Norris. "Not really. No," Elba replies.) With Norris's gentle prodding and willingness to befriend her as she is, Elba reveals that she is mourning the loss of her dear friend, Little Bird ("She taught me to sing. We were hardly ever apart"), and the box gradually shrinks-not disappearing altogether, but growing small enough for Elba to move through the world again, in the company of her new friend. Agell doesn't make the friendship a teachable moment for irrepressible Norris. He seems to instinctively know how to help his new pal without encroaching on her emotional boundaries; his patient demeanor and her quiet emergence become the story's narrative. Ramirez's sunny digitized watercolors echo this hopeful mood with a lightness and energy. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Edite Kroll, Edite Kroll Literary Agency. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.