Today Susanna Leonard Hill is hosting her annual Halloweensie writing contest over at her blog. I was going to enter it, but I didn’t get it done in time :( BUT, if you want to get into the Halloween SPIRIT (get it…spirit), FLOAT on over to her blog to check out some of the entries (click HERE).
Because of Sandy our school cancelled Halloween but Josie and I are still celebrating!
Now on to today’s review!
Too Clever IV – Jeanie’s Most Prized Possession
By Julia E. Antoine
118 pages – ages 8+
Published by ENVISION Business & Computer School Publishing on December 22, 2011
Jeanie wanted her very own violin for her birthday, but her mom could not afford to get her such an expensive gift. Jeanie saw a writing contest that offered a $10,000 prize to the person with the best essay about their “most prized possession”. Jeanie looked around her small room and thought that she really didn’t have a prized possession. In fact, she really didn’t like her room and wanted a total make-over of it. One of Jeanie’s classmates gives her the idea to write about the violin she does not have yet. Jeanie likes the idea and tries her best at the essay contest. Jeanie is hoping that her eleventh birthday will be her best.
Too Clever IV – Jeanie’s Most Prized Possession is the fourth book in Julia Antoine’s “Too Clever” series. I really like books about believing in yourself and working to get to your goals. The plot of this book has that message but it gets lost. Jeanie wins the contest halfway into the book and then in the rest of the story, Jeanie and her mom end up spending the money on a bunch of things in addition to the violin. They do have a budget they stick to but, to me, it seemed that Jeanie was happy just because she is able to buy stuff not because she reached her goal of the violin. The story was written well and it is totally appropriate for kids. The story just didn’t work for me and it doesn’t mean that other people wouldn’t love the story. Jeanie and her mom are nice characters and they have a good relationship. I think they are the characters in the other Too Clever books too, and I think they would be worth reading about in those books. The illustrations in the books are real pictures of real people and that was interesting.
**Note I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review