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Willimena Rules!: How to Lose Your Class Pet - Book #1 (No. 1) Paperback – November, 2003
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4-The African-American child introduced in Willimena and the Cookie Money (Hyperion, 2001) is back for another adventure. She has been looking forward to third grade at Harriet Tubman Elementary because she will have the nicest teacher in the school. However, there's been a change, and she is assigned to Mrs. Sweetly, the meanest one. Willimena devises a plan to get her teacher to like her by being as nice as she can be-something that her sister, Tina, who is in fifth grade, disapproves of as false. Willie volunteers to take care of the class pet, a guinea pig, which includes taking him home for the weekend. In a moment of inattention, Lester is lost. After unsuccessfully looking for him, the girl realizes that she is going to have to confess to her teacher and the class. Most children will be able to identify with this story, and the dialogue between Willie and her sister sounds realistic, with the two arguing and then giggling from one minute to the next. Black-and-white pencil illustrations convey the oftentimes-humorous tone of the novel. This satisfying tale with an appealing heroine is a good choice for the easy chapter-book section. And there's always the possibility that Lester will reappear in another installment.
Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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I wanted a series of books with the star character being an African American girl just having fun and doing kid stuff. A book that will make them know that reading is fun. This book does just that and more.
I only wish that there were more of them because I already bought them all.
If you're looking for a great chapter book for an African American girl, then author Valerie Wilson Wesley's series of "Willimena Rules" is it.
Also try, Gloria Rising and Gloria's Way by Ann Cameron.
Valerie Wilson Wesley has truly captured the voice of a young girl in this first book in her new series of Willimena's Rule books. Maryn Ross's illustrations add to the story and help readers better envision the characters about which they are reading. Based on the first book, this looks like a promising new series that will captivate young readers and have them looking forward to the next installment featuring more of Willimena's exciting, yet everyday experiences. Wesley is indeed filling a void in African American children's literature with this engaging new series.
Reviewed by Stacey Seay
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers