LUCY ROSE: BIG ON PLANS

Armed with a journal as red as her yippee-yi-yo cowgirl boots, loquacious Lucy Rose’s number one plan is to write about her never boring life. Lucy is energetic and positive, but her life is a realistic blend of fun and challenges. Kelly has created a likable girl with a depth that resounds in the diary, evinces Lucy’s true self and mirrors her world. Her observations are keener, revealing more than she understands. Each word opens and exposes Lucy’s life and character: her joy as she sings show tunes for an elderly audience in a nursing home; her tenacity as she works on a craft at Parks and Rec.; her creativity as she tries to save her grandparents’ apricots from the take-a-bite and spit-it-out squirrels; and her hope as she tries to influence her separated parents to stay together. This latter comes through the strongest; it’s her priority, so she pleads in her heart and tries to derail a divorce and effect a reconciliation. The ache is palpable in what she writes and leaves unsaid. Continuing what she started in Lucy Rose: Here’s the Thing About Me (2004), Kelly offers rollicking fun with genuine heartache, preparation for the real world. (Fiction. 8-9)

Pub Date: June 14, 2005

ISBN: 0-385-73204-X

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Delacorte

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2005

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NO MATTER WHAT

Small, a very little fox, needs some reassurance from Large in the unconditional love department. If he is grim and grumpy, will he still be loved? “ ‘Oh, Small,’ said Large, ‘grumpy or not, I’ll always love you, no matter what.’ “ So it goes, in a gentle rhyme, as Large parries any number of questions that for Small are very telling. What if he were to turn into a young bear, or squishy bug, or alligator? Would a mother want to hug and hold these fearsome animals? Yes, yes, answers Large. “But does love wear out? Does it break or bend? Can you fix it or patch it? Does it mend?” There is comfort in Gliori’s pages, but it is a result of repetition and not the imagery; this is a quick fix, not an enduring one, but it eases Small’s fears and may well do the same for children. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-15-202061-6

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1999

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DAVID GOES TO SCHOOL

The poster boy for relentless mischief-makers everywhere, first encountered in No, David! (1998), gives his weary mother a rest by going to school. Naturally, he’s tardy, and that’s but the first in a long string of offenses—“Sit down, David! Keep your hands to yourself! PAY ATTENTION!”—that culminates in an afterschool stint. Children will, of course, recognize every line of the text and every one of David’s moves, and although he doesn’t exhibit the larger- than-life quality that made him a tall-tale anti-hero in his first appearance, his round-headed, gap-toothed enthusiasm is still endearing. For all his disruptive behavior, he shows not a trace of malice, and it’ll be easy for readers to want to encourage his further exploits. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-590-48087-1

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1999

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