Punchy writing, great illustrations, and relatable - I liked it very much!
I love heist stories! This one wasn't the best, but it definitely kept my attention. This book had a great pace, pretty good storyline/con, and characters were pretty well-developed. Twist ending that I didn't expect, but caught on to as it unfolded. I liked this book and definitely suggest it.
The art was excellent. I loved the palette Larson chose: shades of blue, black, and white. Her illustrations and expressive and convey movement, nothingness, emotion effectively.
I've been a Dolly fan since I saw 9 to 5 as a little kid - I was pleasantly surprised to see that Dolly was at the center of a book about self-image!
I adored this book. Willowdean, the main character, is a fat girl that's comfortable in her own skin. She doesn't care about slimming down or have any interest in participating in the annual teen pageant that captivates the town each year, that her mother happens to run.
This book tells the story of Will dealing with loss and change around and within her. It's a story of self exploration, confidence, friendship, and family. It's funny and realistic.
The characters are relatable and well-developed. You'll love them: flaws and all.
Great read - I definitely suggest it!
What a great nonfiction book that bridges the gap between cultures, ethnicities, and countries! I learned a lot about circus, Israel, Jewish-Arab conflict, and more, historically and from individual perspectives. It's a great story about persistence and perseverance: how much humans can achieve by pushing ourselves to the next level mentally, physically, emotionally. I liked the narrative about the individuals, each of the circuses, and their struggle to come together and create a unified act. The reference material added to the margins was a nice touch to add context and give historical background. Some concepts could be teased out more thoroughly, but this and the writing style make it appropriate for its intended youth audience.