From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-- Just why Josie and Eileen are best friends is never clear. Josie's mother can't afford to give her a birthday party or the same toys as Eileen's, and although the economic disparity between the girls is offset by Josie's lively imagination, it is often at the root of their quarrels. Still, their love-hate relationship weathers the storms of a party, a sleep-over, and a wedding. Nabb, with an instinctive sense and ability to convey the feelings of her young protagonist, doesn't sugarcoat the real hardships of Josie's life. While many of the situations are funny, they are presented with an underlying pathos not often found in books for this age group. The language is simple and sometimes poetic. The black-and-white drawings make the somewhat lengthy chapters accessible to children just beginning chapter books. The book should find an enthusiastic audience with Ramona (Morrow) fans, and with children who have enjoyed this British child's three previous adventures. --Ruth Smith, formerly at Chicago Public Library
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From Kirkus Reviews
``...even if Eileen was horrible sometimes, she was still Josie Smith's best friend,'' concludes this fourth book about a little girl who lives with her mother in an English village. In three long chapters, Josie inadvertently ends by having an impromptu picnic birthday after her mother says they can't afford a party; weathers homesickness when she's left for two nights with Eileen, who has a notably unsympathetic mother; and is unexpectedly given a real bride's bouquet at the end of a day she's spent making costumes and bunches of dandelions in emulation of a neighborhood wedding in which Eileen is taking part. Josie's small troubles and the complications resulting from her imaginative efforts to make up for ``Mom's'' lack of time and money invariably ring true; the lively dialogue, spiced with the petty insults normal children exchange, and the parents' failure to understand that good intentions often have mischievous results are perfectly believable. Simply told, unusually honest, and entirely childlike, fine for independent reading or for sharing with younger children, Josie continues to be a winner. Illustrations not seen. (Young reader. 5-10) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.