Monday, August 20, 2012

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (The Penderwicks, #2)The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall

On the library shelves: Children's fiction
AR Reading Level: 5.4
Series: Book 2 of 3 (The Penderwicks)
Award:  Publishers Weekly Best Book

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My kids and I adore the Penderwick family. We listened to the audiobook (with fantastic narrator Susan Denaker) on our travels this summer. I love this series because everyone from my 1st grader to my 7th grader is engaged in the story and wants to listen in.

From the author's website:
In the second book about the Penderwicks, the sisters are home on Gardam Street and ready for an adventure! But the adventure they get isn’t quite what they had in mind.  Mr. Penderwick’s sister has decided it’s time for him to start dating—and the girls know that can only mean one thing: disaster.

Enter the Save Daddy Plan—a plot so brilliant, so bold, so funny, that only the Penderwick girls could have come up with it. But in the meantime, they have some other problems to deal with. Rosalind can’t seem to get the annoying Tommy Geiger out of her hair—and she can’t stand him, really. Skye loses her temper on the soccer field in a most undignified manner. Jane’s love of creative writing leads her into deep waters. And Batty’s getting into mischief spying on the new next-door neighbor. As for Hound, he’s always in trouble.
This book is just good, clean, quality children's literature. I will admit that I did enjoy this one a smidgen less than the first, but perhaps that's because I already know how wonderfully delightful each character is, so the book didn't have that "newness" element. Having said that, I would absolutely recommend this series for the entire family as a read-aloud or to listen to together. We've already started on the third.

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Source: Library Audiobook

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

It's wonderful when you can find a book the whole family can enjoy!