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Author: Melissa Thomson

Illustrator: Frank Morrison

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Publisher: Puffin Books, an Imprint of the Penguin Group,

Material: paperback

Summary: Second grade is going to be great, and Keena is going to love Miss Campbell's class. She brings chocolate cake when someone has a birthday! When Keena decides to be "fancy" and write her birthday with the day first and the month next, Miss Campbell marks the wrong date for the celebration. That can't be too big a deal, can it? Keena knows she has to tell the truth, but it's chocolate cake! What will she do? This is an illustrated chapter book for transitional readers.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book, illustrated chapter, transitional reader

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 4

Age of Child: Read with and by a 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter loved this book, and offered plenty of "uh-ohs" along the way. She was happy when everything worked out.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a delightful story, and Keena is a realistic character. The author doesn't gloss over her dilemma and gives parents some "starters" for talking with their kids about choices, consequences, and lies.

Pros: An endearing second grader, and a real-life dilemma combine to make this an engaging read as a family or for an independent reader.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a wonderful story to share as a family and would make a nice choice in families with kids of multiple ages.

If You Liked This Book, Try: DAISY DAWSON IS ON HER WAY (Daisy Dawson Series)   ANDY SHANE AND THE QUEEN OF EGYPT   PARTY PRINCESS (Teach Your Children Well Series)

Educational Themes: This is a great story for engaging kids in conversations about choices. It is easy to periodically stop and ask them to "predict" what will happen.

Notes: This publisher sent a copy of this book as part of the 2009-2010 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Award (Cybils) process. This review is not intended to represent the opinions of the Cybils. The book will be donated to a reader in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - family, school, growing up, school, easy reader series, multicultural

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010

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