Thursday, April 05, 2012

Katie Woo Rules the School

by Fran Manushkin

Written for ages 6 and older this is one of many delightful books in the Katie Woo series.  I no longer have children or grandchildren this age but the title reminded me of my 8-year-old granddaughter (kind of a Madame Fullcharge) and I thought she and I would have fun reading it together.  She wasn't interested.  Said it was too young for her.  That might be because she just finishing up her 4th grade brothers book, Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief.  Anyway I thought the book was great and I still think she would have enjoyed it.  I'll bet if I could have figured out how to get it onto Kindle she may have read it.

The stories are short, fun and well-written with cute illustrations.  Each teaches a lesson in a subtle but effective way.  I like that the child is not preached to but is allowed to make decisions about what they would do in the situations Katie Woo finds herself in - situations that most young children experience.

Rules the School is composed of 3 short chapters, each dealing with a different topic.  The first one is about the school pet that Katie gets to babysit for the weekend.  In the 2nd chapter Katie steals another child's toy airplane and lies to cover it.  And in the last Katie is chosen to play the worm in the class play.  Naturally she is disappointed because she wanted to be the princess.  I can't remember which story - maybe there are 4 instead of 3 - Katie has to deal with a bullying classmate.

I almost wished my 4 daughters were all young again so we could take an outing to the library and check out some Katie Woo books to read together.   A few other titles in the series are: Boss of the World; Red, White, and Blue and Katie Woo, No Valentines for Katie, and Goodbye to Goldie.

 ** I received a free copy of Katie Woo Rules the School from Capstone Books and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received.

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