TITLE: The Middle-Child Blues
AUTHOR: Kristyn Crow
ILLUSTRATOR: David Catrow
PUBLISHER: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2009
SYNOPSIS: Lee has the low-down, big-frown, sulking-all-around town blues. His older brother gets all the big-kid privileges, and no one expects his little sister to do anything but be cute. And sometimes his family even leaves him behind! But when Lee breaks out his guitar and finally makes his voice be heard, he draws a big crowd. It turns out lots and lots of people share his middle-kid pain, and he loves how being stuck in the middle is making him the center of attention.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : I’m the baby of my family so in that way, I can’t relate to what the main character of Ms. Crow’s book is going through. But every child (and a lot of adults) can certainly relate to feelings of self-doubt, frustration, or being left out of the loop. Young Lee struggles to find his own identity amongst the accomplishment of his older brother and the cute shenanigans of his younger sister. Award winning. illustrator, David Catrow adds his stunning artwork to this lovely rhyming picture book any young reader would enjoy reading. A nice addition to any library!
RATING: ****4 Stars****
1 star…probably not worth your time.
2 stars…there are some things to like but some elements could have been stronger.
3 stars…this story w5ill appeal to some readers, but others might find it lacking something.
4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.
5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!
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Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.
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