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Review: Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie

April 12, 2014

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie

Eleanor expects the worse when her parents tell her they have some difficult news.  It isn’t quite as bad as she thought it would be, but she’s still devastated to learn that Bibi, her beloved babysitter, is moving away.  They have a going away party for Bibi but it isn’t fun and everyone cries.  Eleanor says:

I had a bad August.
A very bad August.
As bad as pickle juice on a cookie.
As bad as a spiderweb on your leg.
As bad as the black parts of a banana.
I hope your August was better.
I really do.

Eleanor’s mom takes a little time off to help Eleanor adjust but eventually has to return to work.  Her parents have hired Natalie to take Bibi’s place.  Eleanor’s worried because, “No one in the world is as good as Bibi.”  Eleanor quickly discovers that Natalie is different from Bibi and that different can be good.

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg is a delightful early chapter book! Eleanor is a rising third grader who is upset about losing her wonderful babysitter and the ensuing changes.  With the help of her parents, she learns to deal with loss and also learns that change can be a good thing.

This sweet book is written in verse and is enhanced by the wonderful illustrations of Matthew Cordell.  Early readers are sure to delight in the story while they enjoy the cadence of the words and the great pictures.  It’s obvious Sternberg remembers what it’s like to be young.  I recommend Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie for early readers, especially those experiencing change.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday 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 tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
13 Comments leave one →
  1. April 12, 2014 7:05 am

    The title alone made me pucker up. The verse was good though!

  2. Beth F permalink
    April 12, 2014 7:36 am

    Awww I think I’d really like this one. Change can be scary, but it can also be good.

  3. Patty permalink
    April 12, 2014 10:10 am

    It sounds as though kids would love this book!

  4. tessa37 permalink
    April 12, 2014 1:16 pm

    Always love finding another reading suggestions blog.

    Thank you for being here.

    (Upper NYS)

  5. talesofwhimsy permalink
    April 12, 2014 3:57 pm

    Oh I love it. What a fun sample.

  6. April 12, 2014 6:54 pm

    Sounds like a nice book in verse!

  7. April 12, 2014 7:10 pm

    Sounds adorable.

  8. April 14, 2014 11:11 am

    It sounds like that book has a great message! I know my kids have a really hard time with change.

  9. April 14, 2014 11:37 am

    This sounds so adorable. And the title is priceless!

  10. April 16, 2014 12:03 pm

    I like the title and the fact that it’s in verse. I have a special third-grader I’m going to recommend this to. Thanks for finding it.

  11. April 18, 2014 9:20 pm

    At this point it is me who cries when we lose a babysitter, not Gage!

  12. April 19, 2014 10:42 pm

    I know the perfect early reader to get this one for! thanks for bringing it to our attention! love that its told in verse!

  13. bookingmama permalink
    April 22, 2014 7:22 pm

    Love this series!!!!

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