Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing About Me
Lucy Rose and her mother are settling in to city life in Washington, D.C. Her parents have separated and her father lives in their old house in the suburbs of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her grandparents live three blocks away with their black poodle, Gumbo. She spends a lot of time with her "Madam" and "Pop", as her mother has a lot of work to do at her job where she draws maps for a TV station.
According to her Pop, Lucy Rose is an original thinker which is mostly good, but being one can make teachers glare at you since original thinkers aren't ones for taking too much direction. Her third grade teacher, Mr. Welsh, is an original thinker as is her new best friend Jonique McBee.
One big problem for Lucy Rose is Adam Melon whom she calls Melonhead in her brain. He has been bothering her since before the first day of school when they had to visit their classroom because they were both new.
Lucy Rose wears the same red cowgirl boots everyday and mostly things are fine in her life, but one thing that is NOT fine is her parent's separation. She misses her dad, her room, and her old friends in Ann Arbor. Will Lucy Rose ever feel at home in Washington, D.C.?
"Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing About Me" is an adorable, clever, funny tale written by first-time author Katy Kelly. The format is very refreshing in that it is written "by" Lucy Rose by way of her diary. Adam Rex's full page illustrations are endearing, whimsical black-and-white drawings that compliment the story. Ms. Kelly takes Lucy Rose through an entire third grade school year where she learns many things like being truthful is honorable and sometimes bad situations work out okay. Also, she not only makes a true friend but a friend from an enemy. The adults in Lucy Rose's life are kind and approachable and very supportive. Her parents, although separated, only build each other up to Lucy Rose and her grandparents are wisdom filled confidants.
Lucy Rose is loving and generous giving lots of elbow grease to help refinish a much needed dining room set for her mother's Christmas gift. One of the biggest lessons Lucy Rose learns is that a small lie can lead to much misery and that telling the truth really does set one free.
"Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing About Me" is a book that both adults and children will enjoy reading. Better yet, read it aloud as a family so all ages can experience the mind of this special little girl. Here's the thing about Lucy Rose, she is ONE TERRIFIC KID!