Book reviews & writing tips from a wannabe YA writer
Summary: Emmaline lives in a tidy town, but she can’t manage to stay tidy herself. That can make a girl feel very alone. And the thing Emmaline wants most is a bunny to be her friend, but bunnies—a very untidy bunch—have been banished from her town.
Review: Such a sweet little story. I loved the language and repetition—it would make for a great read-aloud. This is from the first chapter:
Emmaline wanted a bunny.
She’d seen them on TV and in books.
She liked how they hop, hop, hopped. She liked how they dug holes and scoot-skedaddled under bushes. She liked how they huddled, cuddled, snuggled together.
And then from the third chapter:
Emmaline was not tidy.
Dirt she dug.
Shrubs she scoot-skedaddled under.
Puddles she hop, hop, splash, splash, hopped through.
Emmaline yelled, “Hoopalala!” and “Dinglederrydee!” when she was happy.
She huddled, cuddled, snuggled people wrinkly.
This is the sort of book that makes me anxious for my daughter to get a little older so I can read it to her.