________________ CM . . . . Volume IX Number 14. . . . March 14, 2003

cover Maddie's Millionaire Dreams. (First Novels, No. 44).

Louise Leblanc. Illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay. Translated by Sarah Cummins.
Halifax, NS: Formac, 2002.
62 pp., pbk. & cl., $5.95 (pbk.), $14.95 (cl.).
ISBN 0-88780-578-7 (pbk.), ISBN 0-88780-579-5 (cl.).

Grades 1-4 / Ages 6-9.

Review by Ruth Scales McMahon.

*** /4

excerpt:

At least at night we can still dream.

"Kids, it's time to get ready to go," my mother said.

I tried to cling to my dream as I climbed into my limo. But then it turned into a pumpkin - a big orange pumpkin of a schoolbus that jerked out onto the road.

I fell back to earth with a thud.

Maddie's grandmother is visiting, and she is having money problems. Maddie wonders how her grandmother will live and how she will live without presents from her grandmother. So Maddie, with the help of her friends, concocts moneymaking schemes. In the end, Maddie loses everything: her money, friends, and brothers; even her parents prefer a movie to her company. Gran comes to her rescue at least until Maddie comes up with another moneymaking scheme.

     Microsoft Word's 'Readability Test' gives the above excerpt a Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score of 3.0. This story flows and is easy to read aloud. Words such as "insinuating" and "pathetic" are used in ways that will develop vocabulary. The subject matter of this book is light and fun.

Recommended.

Ruth Scales McMahon, of Lethbridge, AB, is a professional children's librarian, the co-chair of the Rocky Mountain Book Award and the mother of two young children.

 

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