From School Library Journal
Grade 3-4–In this addition to the series, Lucy discovers that fourth grade is full of new experiences. Through brief diary entries, she provides interesting stories. She also describes her curiosity and desire to eavesdrop on her mother and neighbors. Based on her snooping, she worries that her mother has begun dating, fears that her best friend is moving away, and is convinced that a friend's mother has a gambling problem. As events unfold, the truth is revealed and Lucy is relieved when she learns that her fears were all false and promises to stop spying. The uncomplicated text contains hilarious episodes, such as descriptions of toilet repairs and exploding Halloween costumes. Lucy does not filter her thoughts and feelings, and readers know when she's angry, excited, happy, and embarrassed. Rex's occasional full-page illustrations add humor and verve. The book's conversational tone is ideal for reluctant readers, and fans of the series will welcome this installment.–Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI
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Kelly's third offering in the Lucy Rose series finds Lucy, entering the fourth grade, fascinated by palindromes, perplexed by the multiplication tables, upset because she fears her divorced mother may be dating, and unable to control her insatiable eavesdropping. Luckily, she is surrounded by a supportive family and by teachers who understand her naivete. A sort of literary cousin to Junie B. Jones, Lucy Rose is one of those appealing protagonists whose authentic voice speaks directly to readers. A great choice for kids in the mood to laugh out loud. Kay WeismanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved