Eva's Treetop Festival

illus. by Rebecca Elliott. 80p. (Owl Diaries: Bk. 1). Scholastic/Branches. Jan. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780545683630; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9780545683623; ebk. $4.99. ISBN 9780545683784. LC 2013050684.
Gr 1–3—Eva Wingdale enjoys drawing, going to school, and being busy. She dislikes her brother Humphrey's stinky socks, boredom, and her mom's slug sandwiches. On the first day of spring, the owlet offers to organize the first ever Treetop Owlementary Bloomtastic Festival, featuring a bake-off and talent, fashion, and art shows. With the event only seven days away, Eva's not sure she can get everything done in time. Instead of canceling, though, she enlists help from her classmates and manages to pull off a successful festival. Written in diary format with speech bubbles, the 10 chapters have lively, brightly colored illustrations, often several per page. This early chapter book is a nice step between first readers and series such as Barbara Parks's "Junie B. Jones" and Mary Pope Osborne's "Magic Tree House" (both Random).—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga Public Library System, OH
Eva Wingdale is a crafty, beret-wearing young owl who takes on more than she can handle when planning "the first-ever Treetop Owlementary's Bloomtastic Festival," and then tries to prove to her classmates that she saw a ghost. Each journal-style book is filled with colorful patterns and drawings that match Eva's punchy personality and aid in comprehension. Discussion questions are included. Review covers the following Owl Diary titles: Eva Sees a Ghost and Eva's Treetop Festival.

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