Cody and the Rules of Life

illus. by Eliza Wheeler. 176p. Candlewick. Apr. 2017. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780763679200.
Gr 1–3—The rules of life can be a bit confusing. Cody, the young and excitable protagonist, learns this lesson the hard way when she agrees to trade favorite stuffed animals with her best friend Pearl. When the toy goes missing, things get complicated and Cody is faced with a moral dilemma. Cody is a very approachable, well-meaning, and relatable character who has a passion for bugs. Cody's older brother also plays a key role in this story. He is often more excited about his bike than spending time with his little sister, which prompts Cody into actions she regrets. The story is a tad predictable and not particularly fresh in themes, but readers will still appreciate how Cody copes with family, friends, and the complications that life brings.
VERDICT Recommended for chapter book collections, especially those lacking depictions of strong female protagonists.

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