SNEAK PEEK PREVIEW: No Room for Dessert

May 31, 2011 at 10:25 am Leave a comment

No Room for Dessert by Hallie Durand, illustrated by Christine Davenier; published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, New York, 2011; 192 pages.

NOTE: This review is based on an ARC (advance reading copy) provided for free by the publisher.  The publication information is subject to change.  Expected release date: June 7, 2011.

Donahue Penelope Schneider is called “Dessert” because her grandmother said she was the “sweet treat she’d secretly been hoping for.” (page 2 of the ARC)  She is special, her baby book says so.  But lately, she doesn’t feel so special.  Her younger sister and the “Beasties” (her baby brothers) have been getting all of the attention.  She’s almost invisible at home.  At school, her teacher has introduced the class to Thomas Edison and the process of inventing.  To reinforce the lesson, Mrs. Howdy Doody (the teacher) has challenged her class to an invention competition.  Hey!  Maybe this is the chance for Dessert to get some attention at home!  Winning a big competition at school is a sure-fire way to be noticed!  The challenge will be winning the contest.

This is my first introduction to Durand’s Dessert.  No Room for Dessert is the third book in the series.  I think this story and the main character are, well, sweet!  After all, who doesn’t like dessert? 😉

Young readers, like in second or third grade, will like the heroine.  She’s spunky, creative, and a typical third grader.  Readers will likely commiserate with her sibling rivalry at home and her personality conflicts at school.  Durand’s style is highly readable so early chapter book readers should have no problem with the text.

However, I think teachers in early elementary grades will want to consider this book, and perhaps the series, as read-alouds.  There is educational as well as entertainment value in these pages.  Any adult choosing to read this aloud will chuckle at the names as well as the logic of this intrepid inventor.  Ooh, and don’t forget to try the recipes that Dessert so graciously shares at the back of the book!


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