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Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake (Eleanor #3)

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I did a mean thing.
A very mean thing.
I HATEthat I did it.
But I did.
This is worse than
carrot juice on a cupcake
or a wasp on my pillow
or a dress that’s too tight at the neck.
In the third installment from the team who created Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie and Like Bug Juice on a Burger, Eleanor’s relationship with her best friend, Pearl, experiences its first growing pains. W
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Amulet Books
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Heidi
Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake is another fun look at the perils of growing up and an apt reminder that while adults don't consider kid-sized worries much to worry about, kids themselves do. Eleanor's life takes a turn for the worse when her best friend, Pearl, is assigned to be the new girl's buddy and has to spend her Monday and Wednesday afternoons tutoring her, days that used to belong to Eleanor and Pearl. Things get worse when her dog has to be sent to doggie camp and she learns she gets t ...more
Barb Middleton
This reads like an intermediate chapter book, although it is designed like a novel-in-verse. I admire authors that take risks and try different techniques, but this doesn't quite work. Writing an intermediate chapter book is extremely difficult. The vocabulary is for readers that are working toward fluency and the vocabulary and sentence structure tends to be simpler than middle grade novels. I can see how this format might lend itself to the target audience, but most of the text reads more like ...more
S0rceress0 S0rceress0
From the same publisher that brought us Diary of a wimpy kid comes a book by Julie Sternber.
like Carrot Juice On A Cupcake is Julie’s third book about eleanor. This time Eleanor says something that isn’t very nice and she quickly learns the consequences of doing so.
What I really liked was that the scene where Eleanor actually SAYS the naughty thing, isn’t at the beginning. A whole storyline is laid out very carefully about her friend, and a new girl that comes into her classroom. As well there
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Ann Haefele
I love this series about Eleanor and her ups and downs in school...she is a 4th grader in this 3rd book. The author captures the events that seem insurmountable as a fourth grader and make the reader empathize completely with Eleanor. Any 4th grader will relate to Eleanor being sorry about telling a secret, being totally embarrassed by a classmate making fun of her in front of the class for a possible crush, for her developing a terrible case of stage fright, and for Eleanor missing her dog so m ...more
Michele Knott
This is the third book in the series, and probably my favorite. I love Eleanor. She is spunky, yet kind. She speaks her mind, but thinks of others. Sternberg has done an excellent job making Eleanor real. She deals with real problems that kids face everyday. Matthew Cordell's illustrations add to the story without being distracting for young chapter book readers.
This third installment made me love Eleanor more. Eleanor's best friend is Pearl. We've seen her in the other 2 books and know they ha
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Angie
Eleanor is best friends with Pearl and gets to spend several afternoons with her each week. That all changes when Pearl is assigned to be the buddy of new girl Ainsley. Now Pearl and Ainsley are spending all their time together and Eleanor is feeling left out. She has also been given the lead in the school play where she has to sing and she has to hug Nicholas, a boy she may or may not like. Eleanor his having a hard time dealing with all of this and makes a big mistake. She tells a secret she i ...more
Jen
This is a great book for students that are beginning to read chapter books. It is the 3rd book Julie Sternberg wrote about Eleanor and her friend Pearl. In this book, Eleanor gets very upset when Pearl is assigned to be a "buddy" to the new girl in school, Ainsley. Pearl usually goes over to Eleanor's house every Monday and Wednesday because her parents are at work, but now she has to tutor Ainsley so she doesn't see Eleanor anymore after school. She also hates that Pearl volunteered Eleanor for ...more
Darnia
This book gave a flash back about my own experience which more and less the same with Eleanor did :D

Di buku ketiga ini, tahap pendewasaan Eleanor bisa dibilang pernah dialami hampir semua gadis. Ada murid baru dari Orlando yg bernama Ainsley (I love her name) yg ternyata membuat Eleanor agak tersisihkan dari sahabat baiknya, Pearl, karena Mrs.Ramji menyuruh Pearl menjadi teman belajar Ainsley. Keakraban dan kedekatan Pearl-Ainsley membuat Eleanor agak cemburu, namun di sisi lain dia juga harus m
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Barbara
When a new girl arrives in her class, Eleanor becomes certain that she is losing her best friend Pearl to Ainsley. Her anxiety is heightened when Pearl can no longer come over for weekly visits, and when she is chosen for the lead in the class musical. Eleanor becomes increasingly desperate and reveals one of Ainsley's secrets, told to her by Pearl. The author does a good job of describing the guilt that Eleanor feels and how hard it is to make up for a mean word or deed after it has been done. ...more
NYC Reads 365
""It was the best of carrots, it was the worst of carrots." Eleanor is cast in the lead of the fourth-grade musical, A Tale of Two Bunnies, and has to overcome her stage fright. She tries to hide her crush on a boy who plays the lead opposite her. Her relationship with her best friend Pearl is not going so well, and then the new girl, Ainsley, steps in. So Eleanor does a very mean thing—even worse than carrot juice on a cupcake, or pickles. And now she has to figure out how to fix it. She will e ...more
Kellee
Full review at: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=3395

This book has multiple levels going on at the same time. There is the story of Eleanor and Pearl’s friendship and their first speed bump. Then there is Eleanor getting the lead in the play, and dealing with the fear of singing a solo. Eleanor dealing with her puppy having trouble getting house trained. And finally, the Eleanor and Nicholas story. But Sternberg balances it all because it is just all part of Eleanor’s life. Julie Sternberg is
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The Styling Librarian
Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake by Julie Sternberg, illustrations by Matthew Cordell – Loved reading this third book in the series,wonderful complicated situations, friendship challenges, and dog training disasters… I know my students will love this new book and appreciate the consistent ease/approach of the novel with the writing almost like a novel in verse. Fantastic.
Maggi Rohde
I really like the poetic format. It has just enough middle school to satisfy fourth and fifth graders without being too much. The friendships feel real, even if the way they solve problems is a little too optimistic. And it's funny, and the B stories are interesting, and all the characters (including the parents) are appealing.
Mary
A very sweet friendship story. When a new student moves in to her school, Eleanor is excited. But when her best friend, Pearl, is asked to be the new girl's buddy, Eleanor becomes jealous. And to make matters worse, she has the lead role in the school play and she needs to kiss a boy! A good story when girls are feeling left out.
Danielle Hammelef
Girls will definitely enjoy this book and the trouble Eleanor gets herself into. I believe most kids will go through the same or similar friendship and personal difficulties. I really enjoyed the subplot of Eleanor conquering her fears of being on stage. Excellent advice for everyone with stage fright.
Elizabeth
Such a cute read to help girls understand how to share friendships. I remember when I had to deal with trios and having those pains of jealousy. This book is very good for girls to learn ways to move past that. I think my daughter will enjoy the rest of Eleanor's stories.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Girls and their troubles with friends. Three just never seems to work. It doesn't work when Ainsley moves to town and she comes between the longtime friends, Pearl and Eleanor. Eleanor does something stupid and hurtful and must try to fix things with the other two girls.
Ruth Ann
Delightful story about a fourth grader, Eleanor, who makes some friendship mistakes when her best friend makes a new friend.

She talks things over with her parents when the trouble gets bad and they help her work out some solutions.

Illustrated and written in verse.
Ann Williams
Although this is the third book in this series, it was the first book that I have read. I think 4th graders will like the characters and will be able to relate to their problems. This would make a fun book group!
Cherie Smeltzer
Lots of girls will be able to relate to 4th grade Eleanor. Can't wait to recommend this quick read. A good series for 3rd or 4th graders who need easier fiction.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Why haven't I read any books in this series before?! Eleanor's problems are so relatable, and the illustrations perfectly capture the emotions of growing up.
Brenda Kahn
I just love this series b/c both the author and illustrator nail the small moments - the friendships, the dialogues, the worries and skirmishes.
Dutchbaby
I enjoyed the other two in the series more, but it is still a solid book with real situations and true kid feelings.
Mrs. Mcelhaney's
Carrot Juice on a Cupcake is fiction and its by Julie Sternberg. Eleanor is mad because her best friend pearl
Kelly Hargrove
Cute 3rd grade read...friend issues like "new girl on the scene," keeping secrets, overcoming a fear.
Dana
I love Eleanor and how sweet and sincere she is. These are great chapter books for elementary aged girls!
Sheena Gossett
picked up this one after not having read the first 2. cute book. interested in first two.
Maureen
Cute story. I have a few girls that will love this story and her others.
Ms. Greenspan
Loved this and wished I had read this to students before school ended.
Jennifer
Cute, middle-grade fiction (third, fourth) about friendship.
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