Friday, May 11, 2018

The Principal’s Underwear is Missing by Holly Howitt -OPTIONAL

Howitt, Holly The Principal’s Underwear is Missing, 216 pages. Fiewel(Henry Macmillan), 2017.  $17.  Language: PG (o swears; lots of fake swears); Mature Content: PG (lots of bra and bra size talk); Violence: G.

Becca is a lowly boring sixth grader who is very involved with academics. After an accident involving the most popular girl in school, Selfie –Becca finds herself thrown into a madcap adventure to recover, you guessed it, the principals underwear (in this case an oversized bra). Now Becca is discovering a popularity world she didn’t know existed, having wild adventures, and stepping out of her comfort zone. Contains lots of illustrations.

Well, there are a number of content that push this from elementary to middle for me from the bra thing, to teen themes, to the disrespect of teachers.  All things I think would make a middle schooler love this book –thought the cover does look kind of younger. Its quite perfect as a high/low book for middle school girl. My only big complaint about the plot is the Becca seems to forget about her true self and doesn’t either meld the two worlds or come back around to accepting her old life.

MS – OPTIONAL Stephanie, Elementary School Librarian & Author

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