LIZZY’S UPS AND DOWNS by Jessica Harper

LIZZY’S UPS AND DOWNS

NOT An Ordinary School Day
Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

With wry good humor, Lizzy recounts the activities of her day to her mother. Although an unusual event occurs at the core of Lizzy’s day—her best friend moves away—Lizzy’s trials and tribulations will be comically familiar to readers. Waking up late, wearing unmatched socks, waiting in the rain for the school bus, dealing with the class clown, spelling tests, and the like are the minutiae that make up a grade-schooler’s life. Harper neatly captures the exasperation and exaggerated nuances of a precocious young girl’s speech. With Lizzy’s tone on target, Harper also keeps the tale perking along nicely with rhyming couplets setting a lively pace. Rather than extraordinary, Lizzy’s tale is comfortingly familiar, reminding readers that everyone has their ups and downs. DuPont’s illustrations, rendered in an array of bright hues, energetically mirror the tenor of the tale, capturing readers’ attention. Her ever-expressive drawings of Lizzy artfully convey her spunk and charm. Harper’s droll tale is the perfect antidote to school-day blues and a great follow-up to Lizzie’s Do’s and Don’ts (2002). (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-06-052063-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2004




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