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Lou Lou & Pea and the Bicentennial Bonanza By Jill Diamond
(April 24th 2018 ~ Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
I adored this novel and thought the author did a great job capturing the essence of Lou Lou and Pea. I also loved the author used a Spanish influence throughout the entire novel, providing text in a bilingual manner was very creative. I was able to learn a few words throughout the story. I enjoyed the instructions on how to make a hat and the Spanish-English dictionary at the end of the story. I loved the connection between friendship throughout this novel and the emphasis on kindness. This novel is well written, and I recommend it to anyone in middle school who is interested in a little bit of mystery, friendship, and excitement.
And another review!
Lou Lou & Pea and the Bicentennial Bonanza is such a fun, cute book. Once again, best friends Lou Lou and Pea find themselves at the heart of a mystery-this time, it’s whether or not a nefarious public official is telling the truth.
Pea and Lou Lou are excited about the upcoming bonanza, celebrating the 200th anniversary of their town’s founding. The event is supposed to be in their home neighborhood, but when the vice-mayor swoops in, things go awry.
I liked this story because I thought the author did a great job of creating plucky characters in Lou Lou and Pea. I enjoyed their stick-to-ivness and I enjoyed their friendships, both with one another and with other people in the town. I also loved the use of Spanish-language phrases throughout the book, and I liked the added diversity of having a half- Mexican character (Pea) in the story.
The only drawback of this story was this: I wished the villains didn’t seem quite so much like caricatures. Sometimes I found their actions and motivations to be a little bit less than believable.
Overall, a fun read for kids.
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