|Maybe maybe Marisol Rainey (Maybe Marisol)|
Author: Kelly, Erin Entrada
Marisol, who has a big imagination and likes to name inanimate objects, has a tree in her backyard named Peppina ... but she's way too scared to climb it. Will Marisol find the courage to climb Peppina? Maybe.
Kirkus Reviews (04/01/21)
School Library Journal (+) (04/01/21)
Booklist (+) (03/15/21)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/04/21)
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Booklist - 03/15/2021 *Starred Review* On the first day of summer, Marisol watches as Jada, her best friend, climbs into the magnolia tree, sits on a branch, and whispers that she’s found a bird’s nest made of twigs and interwoven with a pink ribbon. Marisol longs to see the nest, too (after all, it’s in her backyard), but a strong fear of falling keeps her firmly on the ground. Sometime later, after she admits her anxiety to Jada, she finds that she can pull herself up onto the tree’s lowest branch, but will she ever find the courage to climb higher? Kelly’s lively, expressive black-and-white illustrations appear throughout the book’s 21 short chapters. From the author of the Newbery Award–winning Hello, Universe (2017), this perceptive story focuses on Marisol, an imaginative Filipina American girl who names the magnolia tree (Peppina), her bicycle (Ginny), and the refrigerator (Buster), and she sometimes talks to them as well. Set in Louisiana, the first volume in the Maybe Marisol series is an immediately engaging and ultimately rewarding choice for readers moving up to chapter books. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2021 Gr 3–7—"That's the thing about best friends. They don't care about all the things you can't do:" wise words from a timid adolescent girl. Marisol is a young Filipina living in Louisiana, while also residing in her own little world. She notices things that most people would overlook, like the sights and sounds from a refrigerator. With a fascination with silent movies and a habit of assigning names to everything (even inanimate objects), endearing, relatable Marisol is also plagued by anxieties of all sorts. This story contains adorable yet thought-provoking conversations between friends, allowing for readers to feel as though they have been transported into the imagination of the main character. The main antagonist in the story is a bully of sorts, and causes grief for Marisol. Readers will be rooting for the main character, Marisol, throughout the story, as well as her kind best friend Jana. VERDICT This title is a great read for upper elementary children. With occasional, whimsical illustrations, it will keep even the most reluctant readers entertained.—Megan Honeycutt, Univ. of West Georgia, Carrollton - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.