The Best School Year Ever

The Best School Year Ever (The Herdmans #2)The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I am a fan of another book in this series (The Best Christmas Pageant Ever). I purchased a copy of that book for each of my students for Christmas this year. I thought I would prime them by reading this book first.

Like a lot of series for children, this book was alike. The problem is just like “A Christmas Story 2”; the author tried to re-capture the magic by replicating the story later. This wasn’t nearly as magical as the first offering. It felt forced.

The moral, as it were, wasn’t a lesson. What we have here is a collection of stories about Iomgene Herdman. Each could stand on its own. There was no interplay throughout the book. Chapter 3 could have been chapter eight. Eight could have been four. It just wasn’t . . . a story.

The Herdmans were there of course. But they didn’t seem as nasty as they were previously. We could easily see Imogene as “resourceful”.

This will not go on my regular reading list for the students.

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