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Not Enough Lollipops

Not Enough Lollipops

Illustrated by Micah Player


Not Enough Lollipops

About the Book

Alice thinks it's her lucky day when she wins a wagon full of lollipops, but sharing them with her classmates is more complicated than it seems. Can she find a fair way to divvy up the sweets?

When Alice wins an enormous basket of lollipops in the raffle she's happy to share her good fortune with friends and classmates, but everyone seems to have a different opinion about how she should divide the bounty. Suddenly, Alice's big prize becomes a big conundrum. Should she give extras to her friends? Should she withhold lollipops from the kids who always hog the tire swing? As she weighs her options, the panic grows. What if there aren't enough to go around!?

This hilarious and thought-provoking story uses lollipops in the school yard to illustrate how cooperation and generosity can make even the most daunting problems solvable.

Product Details

On sale: February 8, 2022
Age: 4-7 years
Grade: Preschool - 2
Page count: 40 Pages
ISBN: 9780593372562
Reading level: Lexile: AD460L | Fountas/Pinnell: N

Author Bio

Megan Maynor is also the author of The Sandcastle That Lola Built, A House for Every Bird, Helga Makes a Name for Herself, Ella and Penguin Stick Together and Ella and Penguin, A Perfect Match. She lives outside Minneapolis with one husband, three kids, and one rabbit. Learn more about Megan and her work at and on Instagram and Twitter at @Megan_Maynor.

Micah Player is a former creative director of Paul Frank Industries and the co-founder and former creative director of Lately Lily. He then went on to write and illustrate the picture book Chloe, Instead and illustrate Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys for American Girl and Vote for our Future by Margaret McNamara. He is also the creator of the best-selling Around the World Puzzle and its follow-up, the Around the World Matching Game. Learn more about Micah at or on Instagram at @micahplayer.


"Maynor's writing is flavored with wit and wrapped in moral subtleties. Even for the anti-confectionary crowd, a believable, relatable story that avoids a saccharine conclusion."—Kirkus, starred review

Though Maynor plays it all for laughs, the story should spark conversations about scarcity mindset."—Publishers Weekly

"In this funny glimpse of political losses and gains, Alice finds out what it’s like to hold all the cards—especially when the cards are lollipops. This cheerful picture book is an entertaining read and has only one agenda—fun."—School Library Journal

"Maynor’s humorous morality tale is accompanied by Player’s vibrant, rainbow-hued bubblegum-pop illustrations, with readers following Alice’s dilemma as she tries to remain fair but thoughtful and kind, as well. A unique story about decision-making and sharing that showcases the sweet and salty consequences of winning big."—Booklist