Thursday, January 20, 2011

Just in case...

My new favorite children's book is, Justin Case.

Justin is heading into third grade and has a propensity to worry. He has angst about his teachers, his friends, his stuffed animals, and his school work. Justin's clever observations are as humorous as his feelings are misunderstood.

The novel is written in a diary format, so the reader (7-9 year olds) really gets to know Justin and all of his idiosyncrasies. Justin is an adorable, funny, kind kid with an equally adorable family. Justin is sweet to his sister and thoughtful to his parents.

Because Justin is a worrier... he believes that he isn't brave. Yet he performs many courageous acts throughout the book.  Justin is kind, dependable, tenacious and highly creative... he just doesn't know it yet.

I loved Justin and everything about this book... and am hoping that Rachel Vail will write a sequel... Here's to:  Justin Case 2.
Be ready to laugh out loud in delight!