Format: Paperback, 80 Pages
Published: Jan 2015
Genre: Early Reader; Friendship
Age Range: 6+
Eva Wingdale gets in over her head when she offers to organize a spring festival at school. Even with her best friend Lucy’s help, there is NO way she will get everything done in time. Will Eva have to ask Sue (a.k.a. Meanie McMeanerson) for help? Or will the festival have to be cancelled? This book is written as Eva’s diary — with Rebecca Elliott’s owl-dorable full-color illustrations throughout!
I loved this book, it was cute and quirky! I think any girl would absolutely love this story about animals, friendship and sharing. The vocabulary was a perfect combination of simple and creative (lots of owl-themed words). The images complimented the story perfectly and helped with the understanding of the story for the children who would find it difficult. This is the first of what I see being a very long and successful series!
Eva decides that she is going to plan a fun festival at school and she is determined to prove everyone wrong and organize the event by herself. After some procrastinating and difficulties, Eva starts to run out of time and may have to cancel the event if she can’t swallow her pride and ask her classmates (even mean Sue) for help finishing up the preparations.
I can see this new line of publishing (Branches) being fantastic. If they can keep up these easy, yet novel sized books for the children that are having reading difficulties, I can see them becoming a hit. Plus, the books are fun and age appropriate.