Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lunch Will Never Be the Same! by Veera Hiranandani -- ESSENTIAL

Hiranandani, Veera Lunch Will Never Be the Same! (Phoebe G. Green #1), illustrated by Joëlle Dreidemy. Grosset & Dunlap, 2014. $4.99. Content: G.

Third-grader Phoebe G. Green is tired of eating the same old food, so when a French girl joins the class and brings exotic homemade lunches, Phoebe angles for a dinner invitation. Anything to try some different cuisine! Unfortunately, Phoebe's best friend thinks she's shifting loyalties and becomes jealous. Pleasing both friends is difficult, but Phoebe hopes it'll be worth it.

Phoebe is a charming character, and her voice is laugh-out-loud hilarious. I love how she counts having freckles and curly, dark-brown hair as something lucky, and how much she longs to try new foods. Her dilemmas feel very authentic for the age group, as do her mistakes and triumphs. A wonderful start to a promising new series.

EL (K-3) -- ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Caryn

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