Friday, December 11, 2015

Where triplets go, trouble follows by Michelle Poploff, illustrated by Victoria Jamieson

I won't usually pick up Holiday House's chapter books, because the covers almost always look amateurish and unattractive and I know, from sad experience, it's hard to get kids to pick them up. However, this cover isn't bad and some kids are really into the twins/triplets thing.

Daisy, Lily, and Violet aren't identical, especially in their interests. Daisy is sporty, Lily likes to write poetry, and Violet is dramatic (and kind of bossy). When Violet fails her science test, she and her sisters have to figure out a way to help her overcome the problem without doing her work for her. Meanwhile, Lily is trying to overcome stage fright and Daisy is having her own problems. Just when Violet thinks things can't get any worse, realizing how she and her sisters have both differences and similarities gives her an idea and there's a happy ending for all.

The black and white illustrations are pleasant but not particularly memorable. To be honest, that's pretty much how I felt about the whole story. It meanders rather. The plot wanders from the sisters' troubles at school, the stereotypical mean girl, siblings squabbles, to a sudden diversion into the girls thinking their grandparents (two different sides) are dating.

Verdict: A light, amusing story but not a required purchase. If you are bulking out your beginning chapter section or have a lot of twin/triplet fans, you might consider this, but it's definitely additional.

ISBN: 9780823432899; Published May 2015 by Holiday House; ARC provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter 2015

1 comment:

Ms. Yingling said...

Most of the Holday House books I've seen are okay but nothing. Special, and their covers are the worst! I don't buy much of their stuff either.