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Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake (Eleanor #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  269 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
I did a mean thing.
A very mean thing.
I HATE that 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.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Harry N. Abrams
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Carrie Gelson
Wonderful friendship dynamics here. Ideal for Gr 2 - 4 readers. Really popular with my Grade 4 girls (this series)
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
"We all make mistakes ... the important thing is to keep trying to make up for them, for as long as it takes."

Eleanor and Pearl are back. They continue to enjoy their Mondays and Wednesdays at Eleanor's house, doing homework, trying to train Antoine, Eleanor's dog, and baking treats, if there's time. But things are about to change. The class has just gotten a new student, Ainsley Biggs, all the way from Orlando. Mrs. Ramji decides to make Pearl Ainsley's buddy. That means, Pearl needs to help Ai
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Best of the three books. In this installment, Eleanor's life is falling apart- there is a "sparkly" new girl in her class that has taken a liking to her best friend, her best friend can't spend Monday and Wednesdays after school with her anymore, and she is volunteered to audition for a play- even though she has stage fright. When she blurts out a secret that she wasn't even supposed to know, she learns that you have to work hard to set things right with friends and that you can face your fears ...more
AR Level: 3.7
AR Points: 2

Emily Simpson
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good book to read after reading some of the other books before it.
Barb Middleton
Apr 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: realistic, friendship
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
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
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
S0rceress0 S0rceress0
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Ann Haefele
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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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
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing as are all of the Eleanor Books are! Pearl and Eleanor have a fight! A new girl moves to town from Orlando, her name is Aninsey and she needs to catch up on school work and pearl has been named her volunteer. Pearl helps her on Mondays and Wednesday's. That is when Eleanor and Pearl hang out together. The new girl has a crush on a boy named Adam ! Pearl nows and tells Eleanor. Eleanor tells the secret out loud cause she thinks Pearl likes the new girl better. Pearl and the ...more
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
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
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
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Eleanor and Pearl have been best friends forever, but when a new girl transfers into their school, their friendship is put to the test. Combine this with Eleanor's new puppy being sent away to obedience school, and her lead role in the 4th grade play, and life is very stressful indeed. While there are many books about these types of issues, this book is particularly well done. Eleanor's voice rings true, and her concerns will be shared with elementary school girls everywhere. This is the third b ...more
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it
The final book in this series, Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake might be my favorite. Eleanor is now in fourth grade, a new girl has moved to town (and possibly come between Eleanor and her best friend) and Eleanor, despite horrible stage fright, is somehow the lead in the fourth grade production.

Maybe it’s because I read this book shortly before Easter and the book includes singing bunnies, but I found Eleanor less annoying (although she’s still totally spoiled) and the lessons less preachy. In L
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""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
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love the continuous adventures of Eleanor! This one gets the bonus star for two reasons: first, the kids are in a play...I mean, come on! What's cuter than elementary school kids in a play!? Second, the parents make a reference to 'Say Anything' and Lloyd Dobbler holding the boom box over his head! Of course, Eleanor says, "what's a boombox?" but that's to be expected, right? So...points for making this book entertaining for the adults reading as well!
Apr 18, 2016 rated it liked it
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Morninglight Mama
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, fiction
I've accepted all three of Sternberg's books for review because I just knew they'd appeal to my daughter (now almost 8), and I was right on the money. I appreciate the honest and realistically emotional tone Sternberg has created in protagonist Eleanor, and I like that these books help fill the gap between beginning chapter books and longer middle grade novels.
Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Sarah Hay
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: j, j-series
Cute story for grades 3-5. Eleanor gets herself into trouble when she blabs the secret of a new girl to the entire class. Now, her best friend no longer wants to talk to her, and on top of that she has the lead in a school play that involves a solo.
The third book in a series, so girls who like this will have others to read.
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another heartwarming adventure with Eleanor, now in 4th grade. Realistic resolutions to friendship problems with added joy of fun phrases like "carrot emergency" and "life or death pickle." Although the format and font look younger than 4th grade, younger fans of Eleanor will feel comfortable reading and growing older with her. Hoping there will be more Eleanor books!
Maggi Rohde
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Danielle Hammelef
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
The Styling Librarian
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books, verse
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.
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.
A nice conclusion to the series and I thought the character grew and learned from each of the three stories. I liked the elements Sternberg uses in all of these and the prose style makes for a quick read.
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