Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Grasshopper Magic by Lynne Jonell

Abner is afraid to give a speech for the whole town, so his sister comes up with a way for him to learn to be brave.  Their housekeeper makes roasted grasshoppers and tells them they are delicious.  Tate challenges him to eat one...

Random House Children's Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and is available at your local bookstore now.  It's also available as an ebook.  This is for readers ages 6-9.

This is the third book in the Magical Mix-Ups series.  Where their house is located is on a magical wellspring.  Unusual extraordinary things can happen when they least expect it.  I mean, a lawnmower got out of control in the past so they should expect sudden surprises, shouldn't they?

In this case, Abner dared to eat the grasshopper to show he wasn't scared.  Then he jumped off the porch and went up in the air almost taller than the trees.  He scared himself to death!  It wasn't just him.  Soon his siblings join him.  After the charm has worn off, they swear off grasshoppers.  But then they get company...

This series is a light fun read with silly happenings.  Maybe your child can come up with some other imaginative ideas for magical occurrences.  If a grasshopper can make you jump, does eating a chicken make you cluck or fly?

Happy reading.

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