Book: Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey (2021)
Author: Erin Entrada Kelly
Genre: Lower MG, Contemporary
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Opening lines from the book …
There is a magnolia tree in Marisol Rainey’s backyard. The tree is named Peppina. It is perfect for climbing. The branches are practically made for human feet. It’s as if Peppina wanted to say: Step here, and here, and here.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK…
1) Marisol is a character that’s easy to root for. She has such an imagination that she names everything from the fridge to the tree in the backyard!
2) I loved Marisol’s friend, Jada. Such a lovely friendship between the two girls. She understands Marisol’s fear of heights and encourages her to climb the tree, but isn’t too pushy. We could all use a good friend like Jada!
3) And then there’s Peppina! The first chapter gets right into it with Marisol’s fear of climbing Peppina. Will Marisol do it? Maybe?
4) I loved all the little nods to silent film. Marisol is big into watching old Mary Pickford movies and Charlie Chaplin.
5) And the art! I was looking to see who did the art, only to realize that the author and illustrator are one and the same! Who knew Erin Entrada Kelly could draw. I think the illustrations are adorable!
Definitely for the younger MG crowd. This sweet story is a lovely read!
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Note: I’m posting this for Greg Pattridge’s Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday…