Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dessert First by Hallie Durand, illustrated by Christine Davenier

Dessert is a girl with flair - and a love of dessert, as her name shows! With the encouragement of her teacher, Mrs. Howdy-Doody, she marches to her own drummer - but when she makes some bad decisions, can she fix things in her own way?

Dessert's family isn't completely crazy, but they do have their little quirks, as do Dessert's classmates and especially her off-the-wall teacher! Without being didactic, this is a fun and engaging story about willpower and fixing your mistakes. Readers will sympathize with Dessert's trials and tribulations - even when they are her own fault - and wait breathlessly to see if she makes it through her challenge!

I'd like to see more of this character - and find out more about her nemesis, Amy D. (why doesn't she like Dessert?) her younger siblings, who seem to have the seeds of some fun stories ahead, and her classmates. I especially appreciated the ingenious idea for school fund-raising - teachers take note! no more bored kids pressuring relatives into buying magazine subscriptions!

Verdict: Recommended for: Fancy Nancy fans (these little girls are growing up and will be looking for strong characters with flair!) and fans of solid favorites such as Clementine and Ramona.

ISBN: 978-1416963851; Published May 2009 by Simon & Schuster; ARC supplied by publisher; Purchased for the library

1 comment:

Gabrielle said...

Right on the money. This book is a real winner.