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Review: Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake

May 24, 2014

Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake

When a new girl joins Eleanor’s class, Pearl (Eleanor’s best friend) is assigned to be her buddy.  Pearl and Ainsley hit it off so Pearl doesn’t have quite as much time for Eleanor as she used to.  To make matters worse, Eleanor has the lead in the school play and has to sing a solo and say sweet things to a boy.  When the kids start teasing her about it, she blurts out a secret Pearl shared with her about Ainsley.

Eleanor regrets it almost as soon as she says it.  Of course Pearl and Ainsley are mad and Eleanor doesn’t know what to do to get them to forgive her.  When she goes home and tells her parents about it, they help her come up with a plan.

Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake is Julie Sternberg‘s third book featuring Eleanor and I think it’s the best one so far!   All three books stand alone but they’re so good kids are going to want to read them all.  Eleanor is just a typical kid – she wants to be liked and tries hard to do the right thing.

I think kids will be able to relate to Eleanor’s feelings.  She’s jealous because Pearl and Ainsley have become friends and she’s also nervous about the school play.  She hates it when the other kids tease her and just wants to make them stop.  She feels remorse when she shares the secret she promised to keep and just wants things to go back to the way they used to be.  Parents will appreciate this book as well.  They can use it to talk about dealing with emotions and friendships.

Matthew Cordell‘s darling illustrations enhance this wonderful early chapter book.  Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake is sure to be a hit with kids 7 to 10 years old.

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.
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11 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2014 9:37 am

    I’m giving our daughter the pickle juice one on the last day of school. I have a feeling she will love this series. Thanks for telling me about them!

  2. Patty permalink
    May 24, 2014 10:04 am

    These titles are so sweet, too!

  3. May 24, 2014 12:24 pm

    What an adorable cover picture!

  4. boardinginmyforties permalink
    May 24, 2014 2:17 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful book for young people to read before they go to middle school.

  5. May 24, 2014 6:47 pm

    I’m thinking about getting this “Juice” series for my granddaughter! They all look like fun reads!

  6. May 25, 2014 6:08 pm

    sounds like an interesting read. thanks

  7. May 25, 2014 7:16 pm

    Sure sounds like an fascinating series! I can see that I will enjoy these as well.

  8. May 25, 2014 8:47 pm

    Such a great storyline for kids. Glad you like this series.

  9. May 26, 2014 1:00 am

    This sounds like such a cute series! I’ve been enjoying MG books lately and will keep this one in mind.

  10. May 27, 2014 12:56 am

    This sounds like a great book for 7 -10 year olds, Kathy! Terrific review again.

  11. bookingmama permalink
    June 9, 2014 11:54 am

    I enjoyed this one as well because it deals with issues so very real to young girls!

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