The Divine triplets, Lily, Daisy, and Violet, are alike in some ways and different in others, but they agree about their troublesome new puppy.
This chapter book introduces the three girls: Lily, who loves to read and dares to write and recite a poem; Daisy, who loves baseball and plays even better after she gets glasses; and drama queen Violet, who makes up for her science failures with a project about the ways the three of them take after different members of their family. And then there's Grandpa Dash and Grandma Rose. The girls’ habit of jumping to conclusions leads them to assume that their dad's father and mother’s mother are getting married, but the big announcement turns out to be the gift of a new dog. The third-person narrative is dialogue-heavy, with amusing, age-appropriate wordplay: Violet calls a science fair project about electricity a “shocker” and uses words like “ridonculous” and “matchy-matchy.” There's no sense of place and no clear indication of the girls' age; this is an episodic story of people and relationships. In the end, these characters don’t come alive, and readers may find it difficult to distinguish them—just as sometimes happens to triplets in real life. Grayscale illustrations help (final art not seen).
An appealing idea for a chapter book but undistinguished in execution. (Fiction. 7-9)