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Summary: Alyssa’s parents are going away for the weekend and she’s going to stay with her grandmother. Alyssa is nervous because Grandma is, to say the least, eccentric. Upon arriving at Grandma's house, Alyssa discovers that her grandmother has just earned a degree in magical cooking and she plans to spend the weekend trying out recipes. Alyssa thought this might be fun until she saw what Grandma’s magic had done to her dog Domino. This looks like it is going to be an unforgettable experience. This is a magical fantasy adventure enjoyed by a grandmother and granddaughter.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, read aloud book, advanced reader
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 to 12
Interest Level: 8 to 13
Age of Child: Read by students at Northumberland Elementary School, Newport News, VA for the Reading Tub's Use Your ABCs program. Read with children ages 9 and 10.
Young Reader Reaction: His was a funny story and it held the attention of the kids. This is a book that is hard to put down once you start reading it. The kids wanted to read it again.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is fun reading for the Tweener set (kids ages 10 to 12).
Pros: Pre-teens will love this book. Grandma’s eccentricities will have them bent over laughing.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a birthday present or a Christmas stocking stuffer for a ten-year-old. It is a fun read and one which will be shared with friends.
Educational Themes: This book provides bizarre and zany adventures that will tickle the funny bones of 99 percent of the fifth and sixth graders who read it. Hopefully it will keep them interested in reading.
Notes: 2008 Writer of The Year Award from the League of Utah Writers
Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, fantasy, magic, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: August 2007, November 2008
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