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Abigail Iris: The One and Only Hardcover – March 3, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2–4—Eight-year-old Abigail Iris, who has one sister and two stepbrothers, is jealous of her best friends who are only children. The "Onlys" seem to have everything that Abigail Iris wants, including heely shoes. That coveted fashion item is mentioned several times and may date the story in coming years. When Abigail Iris is invited to accompany her friend Genevieve on vacation, she gets a chance to experience "only" life up close. Her delight in staying in a hotel brings to mind Kay Thompson's Eloise. She and Genevieve play on the elevators and order room service. Despite the humorous situations, the gaiety is somewhat forced, and the life lessons are rather obvious. Of course Abigail Iris will miss her family, and of course Genevieve's mother will be irritated at her husband's inability to leave work behind, etc. Allen's occasional black-and-white drawings make the story more accessible for reluctant readers and help convey the protagonist's charm. The authors are aiming for the Judy Moody/Clementine audience, but Abigail Iris does not have their same spark. Still, the novel's light, breezy tone will attract girls looking for entertainment in an easy chapter-book format.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
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Third-grader Abigail Iris enjoys having a sister and two half-brothers, though sometimes she suspects that there are certain advantages to being an only child, like her three best friends. When Genevieve’s family takes her along for a vacation in San Francisco, Abigail Iris gets a taste of life in an “only’s” household. On the plus side, she enjoys luxuries such as breakfast in bed at a fancy hotel. When the trip is cut short, though, Genevieve is eager to join her own family on their annual camping trip. Told in first person from Abigail Iris’ point of view, this chapter book comes to life through her ingenuous voice and reflections. Appealing black-and-white line drawings show the characters’ personalities, attitudes, and emotions. Chapter-book readers who have recently outgrown the Junie B. Jones series will find this an engaging choice. Grades 2-4. --Carolyn Phelan
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Top customer reviews
Of course, Abigail discovers for herself that being an Only isn't so great all the time. And she figures out that she misses her family, too, when she is away from them.
This is the first in a series, and already I am planning to purchase the second one for my library. A good choice for girls who are ready for chapter books, but not for more mature content.
Glatt and Greenberg have written a great book and Joy Allen adds such fun with her illustrations. This could be a great classroom read-aloud! I can also see little girls anxiously waiting for their copy to come in at the library. It's just a quick fun read that will have them asking for more. Abigail Iris is charming, funny, full-of-life, and at times an annoyance to her siblings. When it's all said and done, will she want to be an only anymore?