This first novel is both very funny and extraordinarily moving, and it introduces two shining stars, author Katherine Hannigan and Ida B. Applewood.
©2004 Katherine Hannigan; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Ida B. is a true character in every sense of the word. Through a masterful use of voice, Hannigan's first-person narration captures an unforgettable heroine with intelligence, spirit, and a unique imagination....This book begs to be read aloud." (School Library Journal)
"Hannigan gets it down brilliantly." (Booklist)
I loved this story! Ida B is a 4th grader with a unique and imaginative view of her perfect world. But perfect doesn't last and Ida B must learn to cope with big changes. The author lets us inside Ida B's head and what a delightful view it is. A story not to be missed!
I have read this one before to my 3rd graders and she sounded exactly like I imagined!
Both! It is one of my all-time favorites!
Lili Taylor does such a fantastic job of narrating that it is hard to imagine reading it at this point. I laugh and I cry at this book. I have heard it 3 or 4 times. We will listen to it when we are doing a road trip. Right now my 5 year old and I are listening to it on our 1/2 hour drive to school in the mornings. A lot of the nuances are lost on my daughter who is only 5, but she loves the independence and imagination that Ida B shares. I find myself driving with tears running down my cheeks and I try not to look back at my daughter so that she doesn't see me with "Joys of tears" as she likes to say.
I love the slow melting of Ida B's hardend heart by her grade school teacher over the course of a number of months. It makes me appreciate what a great teacher can bring to a child going through hard times.
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