Thursday, May 12, 2016

Loved this Book

I just finished Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern.  I love books with great characters, and this book is no exception.  The narrator in this book, Benny Barrows, is wonderfully authentic.  He is the kind of kid that fourth graders can relate to - he worries about the usual things kids worry about.  He isn't a great student, he isn't the most popular.  He worries about why all the kids at school seem to be getting rewards for being kind, but he isn't.  In reality, Benny has a lot more on his plate than an ordinary kid, and I found myself rooting for him and his family all the way to the book's ending. I think what I loved about it the most was that Benny's family has big challenges, and Benny handles it the way a real kid would.  Try this one.  I hope you'll like it as much as I did.

Friday, March 11, 2016

I have just discovered the character of Dory (I don't think she has a last name) from Dory Fantasmagory and  Dory and the Real True Friend  by Abby Hanlon.  (Penguin/Random House).

What a great, refreshing character Dory is.  And hilarious.  
In the first book, she explains that she is the "little kid in the family," has an imaginary friend, Mary, and her older brother and sister don't want to play with her.  They call her "rascal" (it isn't hard to imagine why, since she constantly gets in trouble and interrupts her siblings.  Finally, her siblings create an imaginary "Mrs. Gobble Gracker" to frighten her.  You'll have to find out the rest of the story by reading it yourself.