Brown, Monica Is Not Mean! (Lola Levine #1), Illustrated by Dominguez, Angela. 88 pgs, Little Brown, 2016. $15.00. Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
Lola is a second grader who loves soccer, has one friend, named Josh, is nice to her little brother, wants a cat, is very high energy, and creative. In this fast-paced first book Lola accidently hurts someone during school recess soccer and contends with being made fun of. Feature many illustrations to help readers.
This easy chapter book was fun read with lots of personality. As a first book in the series, it is very soccer oriented, so it could be off-putting for young readers that have no interest in the sport. The cover is unappealing and dated looking (this is comparison to some of the fantastic covers I have been seeing lately). I felt like the character was maybe in 4th grade, not second grade, but I don’t think readers will mind that. I liked that Lola wrote thank you notes and sorry notes, maybe it will be a good influence!
EL (K-3) –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.