Anne Fine & Kate Aldous
Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2007 (2007)
Reviewed by Lindsey Freitas
hen Jennifer receives a lovely new diary with a rainbow cover as a gift, she starts each glossy page with boring, one-sentence entries like: '
January 1: It was very cold today
' and '
January 4: Mum and I went to the mall.
his drives Iola, who has never had a problem writing down her thoughts, crazy. In Iola's opinion, Jennifer has '
two arms, two legs, a pretty face – but no imagination. None at all.
' And Jennifer's continuous whine, '
I can't think of anything to write
' grates on Iola's nerves. '
There must be something between Jennifer's ears
', Iola thinks to herself.
ith Jennifer's grudging permission, Iola begins transforming Jennifer's dull entries into fanciful, exciting adventures. Soon, thanks to Iola's wild imagination, Jennifer saves a boy from drowning, catches her mother shoplifting, and witnesses a spaceship landing. Each day a new and amusing story appears on the pages. Before long, Iola becomes attached to the diary and wants nothing more than to own it for herself. But convincing Jennifer to give up her new diary – even if she can't think of anything to write in it – is not going to be easy.
nne Fine, author of
Alias Madame Doubtfire
, will undoubtedly delight children with the humorous story of Jennifer and Iola. Iola's clever and comical diary excerpts are sure to inspire youngsters everywhere to let their imaginations run wild. This charmingly illustrated book would be a wonderful gift for any child.
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