Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Tween Tuesday: Drizzle by Kathleen Van Cleve
Genre: Magical Realism
Release Date: 3/4/2010
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About the Book: Polly Peabody lives on a magical farm. They grow chocolate rhubarb, it rains every Monday at exactly 1:00, and her best friend is a plant named Harry. When the rain stops, Polly's brother falls ill, and her aunt wants to sell the farm, Polly must figure out a way to save her beloved home.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Drizzle is on our state book list and one of our Chat & Chew book club picks. The kids reviews were mixed on this one and sadly, it was my least favorite of all the books we read for Chat & Chew.
The kids that liked it said it had action, but for me the plot was slow and dragged too much. The book could have been edited down and I lost interest in the story. I liked the magical farm that Polly lived on, but the magic wasn't enough to hold my interest. I felt like the plot went around in circles too much and never got going. The ending was also a bit of a let down after waiting for so long to get the story going.
Some of the tweens enjoyed it and I think it will find readership with tweens who are avid readers and are interested in books that have a touch of magic and a family-centered story. It just wasn't the right book for me.