Happy Children’s Book Week!
It’s time to celebrate kid’s books!
I have a great one to tell you about today! 🙂
Summary – Willow has found a new enemy – the frilly bubble gum pink flower girl dress she’s supposed to wear at her Aunt Rosie’s wedding. Usually Willow can’t wait to get to her families’ summer vacation spot on the shore at Lake Michigan, but this year she is distracted by the pink poofy mess of a dress. Willow is looking forward to seeing her favorite cousin, Delia (the other flower girl in the wedding) though. Delia is as horrified by the dress as Willow is, but they can’t hurt Aunt Rosie’s feelings and tell her they don’t want to wear the dresses (after all they are too old to be flower girls!). They hatch a plan to wow Aunt Rosie with their baked goods so Aunt Rosie will want them in the kitchen during the wedding and not in the horrible dresses.
Willow soon finds that her troubles are more than a dress. The summer houses’ new cook has thrown the girls out of the kitchen, Delia’s father has lost his job and her parents aren’t getting along, and she keeps getting blamed for the trouble her little brother gets into. Put all that along with a couple of snooty older sisters making the girls feel bad about themselves and Willow isn’t sure how to save this summer.
What I thought – This book has an awesome first line –
“Willow scowled at the flower-girl dress like it was growing in a patch of poison ivy.”
This story is about a lot more than just a girl trying to get out of wearing an ugly dress (I don’t think I would have liked this book so much if it was). The story is about all the things kids have to deal with in everyday life-like getting into trouble for doing something you didn’t mean to do or didn’t do, or siblings who you don’t really get along with. or parents not getting along. What is nice is that Ms. Hannigan writes about all the difficult stuff in families but shows how much the family cares about each other too. There is even a little mystery thrown into the story having to do with a rickety old house next door. I thought Ms. Hannigan’s writing style flowed well and she wrote about very believable characters. It was nice that Ms. Hannigan included Delia’s family as being multicultural. Willow was a great main character who you really care about. Willow’s little brother’s (and his big dog’s) trouble-making added some humor to the story (and I always like humor). There are very nice pencil sketches throughout the book (a few in each chapter) by Ms. Hughes that went well with the story. There are also all kinds of recipes scattered in the book (if the chapter dealt with the girls making something – there is a recipe for it). That will be fun to try some of them out. At 288 pages the book gives a young advanced reader a great story to get involved in. I think older kids will enjoy learning about this family too.
Mark your calendars – this book gets released tomorrow!
To learn more about Ms. Hannigan, please visit her website HERE.
To learn more about Ms. Hughes, please visit her website HERE.