Sunday, December 30, 2012

Just Grace and the Flower Girl Power by Harper - OPTIONAL

Harper, Charise Mericle  Just Grace and the Flower Girl Power, 192 pgs.  Houghton Mifflin, 2012.  $15.99  Content: G.

  Grace’s downstairs neighbor, Augustine Dupre, is getting married.  Grace and Augustine have been friends for a long time, so Grace hopes that she can be the flower girl at Augustine’s wedding, but she is disappointed to find out that she will not be the flower girl.  Augustine promises her an important job of handing out flowers to the guests, and Grace is excited about the pretty dress she gets to wear.  Grace also wants to give Augustine a cool present, so she decides to try and train the pet cat, Crinkles to walk down the aisle during the wedding.  The fact that cats aren’t easily trained doesn’t stop Grace.  Her surprise amazingly works and Augustine loves her gift from Grace.  

I have loved all the Just Grace novels I have read so far because I feel like Grace is a good friend and she is a rational problem solver.  However, in this book Grace’s solution to a problem of a wedding gift was ridiculous and completely unbelievable.  I felt like Grace tried to take the spotlight from Augustine’s wedding with the cat walking down the aisle, making her a selfish friend.  I didn’t like this book in the series.  

EL (4-6)-OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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