Tuesday, May 5
Eva's Treetop Festival
(Owl Diaries #1)
Written and illustrated by Rebecca Elliott
My rating: ★★★
Date of publication: January 6, 2015
Age: Grades K - 2
Themes: teamwork, friendship, planning,
Eva Wingdale gets in over her head when she offers to organize a spring festival at school. Even with her best friend Lucy's help, there is NO way she will get everything done in time. Will Eva have to ask Sue (a.k.a. Meanie McMeanerson) for help? Or will the festival have to be cancelled?
Owls are trendy, it's true, but they are my favorite animal. So I had high hopes for this book. Sadly, this is definitely more on the trendy side, with cutesy illustrations and the ever-popular diary format. So will it be a long-lasting, appreciated book? No. But it still gets the job done in a fun way.
Eva is a pretty awesome character with a strong personality; it's hard not to like her. There's lots of owl puns and jokes that I appreciated, as well as some actual, useful facts. There are a lot of made-up words (which might be hard for some readers) but overall, it's a great stepping stone into chapter books. The obvious precursor to books like Dear Dumb Diary or Dork Diaries. Give it a try and see what you think.
Find it at your library or on Amazon