Friday, September 30, 2011

Bigger Than a Bread Box review

Rebecca's parents have just separated and she is having an incredibly difficult time dealing with the changes. Her mom takes her to live with her Gran, far away from her father and her home, mixing up her entire world and confusing her even more. 

When she discovers a bread box in her Gran's attic, one that just happens to be magical, delivering whatever Rebecca asks for, she believes she's found the answers to all of her troubles. Not only can she use the breadbox to fit in with the kids at her new school, asking for cool clothes and such, but she can also use the breadbox to help get her parents back together. Or so she thinks...

A very eloquent and intelligent child, Rebecca explains her emotions regarding the separation of her parents in a thought-provoking, yet age-appropriate way. It definitely has a touch of fantasy, but the bread box portion of the story is blended so seamlessly into the different changes in Rebecca's life that it felt like complete realistic fiction. I would imagine it would be quite difficult to accomplish that, so kudos to Snyder!

Bigger Than a Bread Box is a smart story with great elements of humor and hope. I could definitely see this being helpful to children going through significant changes in their lives, as well as being simply an enjoyable leisure read. Super cute cover too!

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Bigger Than a Bread Box
Laurel Snyder
240 pages
Middle Grade
Random House
September 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

1 comment:

Ami said...

It's funny you said that about it seeming realistic - we have started dividing our juvenile fiction by genre, and I initially put this one into realistic novels - and I had just reviewed it! Now I don't feel quite so silly.