What is this book: A chapter book for new readers or an quick read-aloud with loved ones, with illustrations accompanying each page but not inserting themselves into the plot.
Who would read this book? Second grade or younger kids who can read on their own, even if only with recent mastery. The balance of humor and tension was great, with gentle humor at the absurdity of Franklin's worries but without a sense of meanness or disdain, as well as quick glimpses into a wider world. I recognized some references to previous books -- his sister Stella's friend Horace, the accordion music that Eugenia plays, but although they were fun reminders they weren't necessary for enjoyment; new readers would do fine, although the appearance of an enormous pig might surprise them. It's a warm and loving story about children secure in their world and in the love of the adults around them.
Who would I give it to? I'd offer it to a young reader in elementary school, or a teacher for those kids.
How did I get it? I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.