I read this story with a group of girls ages 4 - 10. After reading the book, I asked them for their opinion because I was curious about their take on the story.
Please note that I never shared my opinion on the story with them; I just let them share their feelings and attitudes about the book.
The 4 year old said, "Lily is a spoiled brat." "Why?" I asked. Her reply? "Because all she does is play with all her toys. She doesn't help her mom or say thank you for all her stuff."
The 5 & 6 year old's agreed that the book was "boring" and one asked "Why would I want to read about a girl who has too much stuff?"
The 8 year old picked up on the attempted rhyme sequence and took it upon herself to "fix" it so that the cadence and rhyme actually worked. Her version was SO much better than the authors. Love it!
Interestingly, the older girls all gave different versions of the same response:
"Where's the plot?"
"This isn't a story, it's a list of all the "stuff" Lily's got."
"Maybe Lily and her mom should go volunteer at a homeless shelter or something so they can see how other people live."
"In English class, we learned that a story has to have a plot, a progression through time. This isn't a story."
"I wonder if Lily is real and her mom wrote the books for just to make her feel more special. Like she doesn't have enough to be happy about already, right?"
The obvious lack of story line and moral/message in the book makes me wonder, "Vanity press?"
It really is a shame that the cute illustrations are wasted on this dribble.
The only up-side that I can see is that it's a kindle edition and there were no trees wasted on this.