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Julia Gillian by Alison McGhee
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Jan 04, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: childrensbooks, dogs, families, reading, usa, artists, fear, summer-holidays, minneapolis
Recommended for: 7-10 year olds

A perfect book for those young readers who have graduated from early readers but are still a little hesitant about embarking on chapter books, Julia Gillian is a little heftier than most books for those grade three readers, but the text is attractively arranged in a large font with double spaces between the lines and interspersed with lots of pen and ink illustrations. There is also quite a bit of repetition in the text, which is more likely to be reassuring to the young reader than irritating. Julia Gillian’s fear of a suspected unhappy ending in the book she is reading reflects a growing desire for independence at the same time she has a still very deep need for reassurance and attention from the adults around her, a dilemma that will feel very familiar to her readers. Despite the fear Julia Gillian feels, there is plenty of humor in her attempts to deal with it. A worthy successor to Beverly Clearly. Let’s hope there are more Julia Gillian adventures in the works.

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