By Charise Mericle Harper
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.99, 208 pages
Grace is thrilled to pieces to learn that her downstairs neighbor, Augustine Dupre, is getting married. She is less thrilled to learn that she will not, in fact, be the flower girl. However, Grace doesn’t stay sad for a long time about it. She starts focusing on the positive things in her life: the new comic club at school and working on training her cat, Crinkles, to be the flower cat at the wedding.
Just Grace and the Flower Girl Power is an absolutely hilarious children’s book told from the perspective of Grace (or Just Grace, as her teacher calls her) herself. Grace faithfully documents different events in her life. Her story includes not only having fun with her best friend Mimi and participating in comic club, but also dealing with disappointments and unpleasant feelings. The pictures accompanying the anecdotes in the book are delightfully funny and will make even adults laugh. This is a great book for girls, who will find an amazing character in Grace.
Reviewed by Barbara Cothern