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Heather wonders whether she can stand being Lizzie Logan's best friend, even though the bossy busybody--whose antics include staging her own parade--is the only one at her new school to pay her much attention. Reprint.
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Grade 3-5?Heather isn't sure that she wants to be friends with Lizzie. On the one hand, Lizzie pretends to be a smoker; tells her that there is a man-eating spider plant in her house; and gets jealous when she wants to spend time with Sara, her friend from her old neighborhood. Then again, Lizzie has wonderful ideas, like fishing in a puddle and planning a Fourth of July parade. And when Heather needs her, she comes through, arranging a funeral for her pet cricket. Nicely paced, with large type and occasional black-and-white cartoon illustrations, this book will appeal to reluctant readers. Spinelli's sympathy for these girls lifts the characterization above the level that's usually found in easy chapter books. In describing her feelings for the father who deserted her, Lizzie says, "I imagine the truth. He's just some guy who doesn't care." Any child who has been friends with a Lizzie will understand and appreciate this story.?Connie Parker, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland, OH
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Gr. 2^-4. With a mix of farce and gentleness, Spinelli tells a funny friendship story. Lizzie Logan, 10, acts so mean and bossy it's hard for eight-year-old Heather to be friends, especially when Lizzie scares Heather with stories about killer spider plants and insults her and leads her into all kinds of scrapes. The other kids warn Heather that Lizzie's weird and that she has a messed-up family. But Heather discovers that Lizzie isn't as tough as she pretends to be. For example, Lizzie says she smokes, but it's all pretend: she doesn't light the butts she collects. Some of the episodes go on too long, but the exaggerated cartoon drawings pick up the zaniness of the characters, and it all adds up to an affectionate view of the way kids bicker and bond and change. For part of the summer, Heather and Lizzie hang out: "Eating. Giggling. Talking. Arguing. Wearing our best-friend sunglasses. Even after dark." But then they fight again . . . and make up. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Aladdin, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110689818483
Book Description Aladdin, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0689818483
Book Description Aladdin, 1998. Condition: New. Melanie Hope Greenberg (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0689818483