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Kid Konnection: Marty McGuire

June 30, 2012

When Marty McGuire starts the third grade she’s still a tomboy but her best friend Annie seems to be falling under the spell of girly Veronica Grace.  Marty’s mom advises her to give Annie some time, but Marty’s not so sure that’s going to work.   When Mrs. Aloi announces that the class play will be The Frog Prince no one is more surprised than Marty when she is cast as the frog princess.

Marty and her friend Rupert come up with a scheme to liven the play up a little.  They don’t think things through, though, and are lucky that things don’t go too awry.  The play makes Marty, Annie, and Veronica realize that they can all be friends if they respect their differences.

I thought Marty McGuire, by Kate Messner, was downright adorable!  Since I was a tomboy myself (and I’m still not all that girly) I could really relate to Marty.  It was nice to read an early chapter book about a female character who is into something besides princesses.   I really appreciated the fact that this book shows that kids should be true to themselves, whatever their personality.

Marty McGuire has darling illustrations by Brian Floca that are sure to keep young readers interested in the story.  I do wish there was a little more diversity presented in the drawings, but that’s a minor complaint.

I really liked Marty’s spunk and sense of adventure.   I think boys may even find her appealing since she’s not all that girly.   I think early readers will really enjoy this book, and they’re in luck because a second book featuring Marty – Marty McGuire Digs Worms! – was published in April.

For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Scholastic. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 30, 2012 9:20 am

    This sounds very cute, but I wish some books about tomboys would still let girls not have masculine-sounding or androgynous names. I’d like to see a tomboy named Tiffany or something! :–)

  2. June 30, 2012 10:09 am

    I agree with Rhapsodyinbooks, the name could have been a little more feminine, just to include the Tiffany’s in the fun of being true to yourself.

  3. Patty permalink
    June 30, 2012 3:24 pm

    No wonder you have such a hard time buying clothes…you are not a girly girl…sounds like a fun book!

  4. bookingmama permalink
    June 30, 2012 6:07 pm

    I have been wanting to read this one ever since hearing Kate speak at the Scholastic party.

  5. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    July 2, 2012 6:18 am

    Sounds adorable and one that my struggling readers would enjoy!

  6. July 3, 2012 4:38 pm

    Tomboys are cool. I hope Gage has a few good tomboy friends 🙂

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