THE BEST STORY by Eileen Spinelli

THE BEST STORY

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Age Range: 5 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

What makes the best story? That’s the question Anne finds herself asking her family when she sets out to win a writing contest but discovers that “this writing stuff [is] hard and lonely.” In turns, her brother tells her to put in lots of action, her father advises comedy, her aunt instructs her to make it sad and her cousin says that “if it’s not romantic it’s a loser.” Anne revises her tale to adapt each time, resulting in a hodgepodge of rogue plot elements. Wilsdorf’s gleeful cartoons make the most of their opportunities: A monkey weeps at the funeral of his pet goldfish in one iteration, then dances at his wedding to the pirate’s sister in the next. What’s a budding author to do? With a little sound counsel from her mother, Anne writes what she knows, from her heart. “Maybe I’ll win … and maybe I won’t. Either way, I’ll be happy…. Because the story I wrote is my own.… And that makes it the best.” (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3055-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2008




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