A Week of Shenanigans

Candlewick. (Rica Baptista: Bk. 2). Apr. 2024. 128p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536227666.
Gr 2-4–In this series sequel, Rica’s ready for Grampy’s arrival and can’t wait for their upcoming Adventure Week. She’s excited about what he’ll surprise her and her best friend Laini with in terms of activities. When Grampy arrives with a sprained ankle, Rica’s seriously disappointed. She records her hopes in her prayer journal before heading to bed that night. The next morning, she, Grampy, and Laini try to make the best of things by planning a “StayVenture Week.” Cartoons, Cards, and Candy Day starts out well, but goes sour when they eat so much candy they get sick. Talent, Twins, and Trail Mix Day provides plenty of enjoyment—until the twins spread chocolate over everything! And the Escapade Extraordinaire doesn’t even get off the ground. Just as the girls decide the week’s been a failure, Grampy reminds them of the fun they’ve had and that memories of great jokes, funny outfits, and great company can make up for a lot.
VERDICT A delightful book full of funny moments, great relationships, and learning opportunities for Rica and Laini. A first purchase.

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