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Title: Cupcake Cousins
Author: Kate Hannigan
Cousins Willow and Delia meet up every year at a summer beach house on Lake Michigan. This year there is added excitement because their Aunt Rose is getting married at the house. The cousins have been assigned the task of flower girls. Now, they feel that as fourth graders, they may be a bit too old to be flower girls and don’t get them started on the bright bubble gum pink dresses they will have to wear.
First off, I love the cousin relationship between Willow and Delia. There is just something special about a friendship with cousins - like a sister only better. Their relationship felt quite real and just like the times I get together with my cousins.
This book reminded me quite a bit of Lulu and the Dog from the Sea, which was a Cybils finalist. Perhaps it was the family vacation at the beach, cousins together with a lovable dog and the innocence of the story. They are not identical, but do have a similar vibe. I also was reminded of The Penderwicks in tone, and when I read the author’s web page, it proved to be one of her influences, which did not surprise me in the slightest. If your child liked either of these two books, this one will be a hit.
The book is an early chapter book for those kids who are starting to become more confident chapter book readers. This is not for kids just starting chapter books.
This book will ensure kids have lovely adventures to read about that simply make them smile and giggle.
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