|Eugenia Lincoln and the unexpected package (Tales From Deckawoo Drive)
Author: DiCamillo, Kate
What will it take for a cynical older sister to realize she's a born accordion player-with music in her heart?
|Van Dusen, Chris
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.70
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 191411
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/17)
School Library Journal (08/01/17)
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School Library Journal - 08/01/2017 Gr 1–3—Someone has sent Eugenia Lincoln an unexpected package. Readers who recognize the uptight, domineering, elderly elder sister from the series will know that Eugenia does not like surprises. When the surprise turns out to be something as frivolous as an accordion, it simply must go. What follows is a humorous adventure as Eugenia struggles to return, sell, destroy, and finally accept the despised musical instrument. Many residents of Deckawoo Drive make appearances and give opinions on what poor Eugenia should do. Finally, only one real question remains: Who dared send the accordion in the first place? Van Dusen's illustrations enliven the already amusing text. VERDICT A great addition to chapter book shelves and a must-have for fans of the series.—Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 09/01/2017 The fourth installment in the Tales from Deckawoo Drive series focuses on Baby Lincoln’s cantankerous older sister, Eugenia. When the no-nonsense spinster receives a mystery package, she is unsettled by the intrusion, annoyed that the box contains an accordion, and adamant that she will not learn to play it. But a visit from Gaston, a mysterious stranger who claims he can bring joy to Eugenia through music, begins to thaw her heart, and a later encounter with neighbor child Stella brings out Eugenia’s inner musician. Van Dusen’s artwork (not seen in final form) appears on most spreads, helping to break up the text for younger readers and giving form to DiCamillo’s quirky characters. As in the earlier books, believable (if eccentric) personalities, sophisticated vocabulary, and polished prose make this an inviting title for emerging chapter-book readers. Fans of this series and the earlier Mercy Watson books will be amazed by Eugenia’s partial redemption and delight that the results are merely temporary. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.