Review: You're Mean, Lily Jean by Frieda Wishinsky and Kady MacDonald Denton

Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: North Winds Press (Sep 1 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0545994993
ISBN-13: 978-0545994996

From the inside cover:

Carly always played with her big sister, Sandy. They played dragons and knights. They played explorers and pirates. They played mountain climbers and astronauts.

Then Lily Jean moved in next door.

Jordan's thoughts:
Jordan gave this book 2 thumbs up! She liked the pictures that went along with the story and the games the girls played. She didn't like it when Lily Jean called Carly "stupid" (after I explained to her the meaning). Her favourite part was when the girls played circus. She also enjoyed the dialogue boxes, drawn somewhat cartoon like within the pictures

Mom's thoughts:
Our first time reading the book together, Jordan got to learn some new and trickier reading words, like astronaut, xylophone, as well as realizing the difference between "knights" and "night". The pictures within the book clearly helped with these newer terms. She also got her first experience with the word "stupid" and had lots of questions. Since then she has picked it up to read on her own more than once. Definitely a good sign.

The book hits on topics that I see everyday with Jordan, as she meets new people and tries to make friends. She has already experienced the fact that some kids can be nicer than others. The book deals with the meanness in a good way, with a happy ending. Overall, very cute and something I would recommend reading with kids in the 5 to eight year old range, whether they do it on their own or with a parent reading to them.

Happy Reading!
Jackie & Jordan

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