Yearning for a large and loving family like her friend Lucy's, Lizzie compiles a list of essential family members--grandparents, a brother, a sister, a baby--and sets out to find them.
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Gr. 3-6. Nine-year-old Lizzie Giles usually gets what she wants, and what Lizzie wants now is family--lots of it, a grandma and grandpa, aunts and uncles, cousins, and a baby brother. But her parents are separated, and unlike her best friend, Lucy, who brags constantly about her large family, Lizzie has no one but her mother. When Lizzie notices an elderly woman, Mrs. Peabody, at the park, she decides to talk to her even though the woman seems "more like a retired schoolteacher than a grandma" and rather "scruffy." As it happens, Mrs. Peabody turns out to be a good adopted grandma, although her first efforts to conform to Lizzie's ideal of what a grandma should be end disastrously. When Lizzie and Mrs. Peabody set off to find a grandpa, they discover Mr. Bailey, who comes complete with sons and daughters and grandchildren. All that remains for Lizzie to find is a little brother. Unfortunately, the one she befriends belongs to the large and terrifying Ryan family. Even though Lizzie's unorthodox plan doesn't turn out quite the way she imagined, everything ends well, with Lizzie and her mother, Mrs. Peabody, Mr. Bailey, and the baby all benefiting. Harrison's heartwarming, wonderfully funny story is full of surprises and well-developed characters. It reads aloud very
well and could lead to interesting discussions about families. Chris ShermanFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 3-5-Nine-year-old Lizzie's family consists solely of her mother and her absent father. Fed up with hearing about her friend's frequent visits with her grandmother and other relatives, Lizzie decides to adopt a grandmother for herself, and decides to observe elderly ladies at the mall. She and Mrs. Peabody, a retired school mistress, become aquainted and then proceed-not without trials and tribulations-to fill out the rest of the child's list- grandfather, brother, sister, and baby. Lizzie is a likable, resourceful girl who sets goals and accomplishes them by adapting to situations as they occur. The adults are realistically presented, acting with proper amount of love and caution. The plot moves along at a good clip and has plenty of dialogue and just enough description to set the scenes. Matthews's line drawings convey the action and emotion of the characters. Readers who love Ramona and Rosy Cole will be glad to meet Lizzie.
Martha Gordon, South Salem Library, NY
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