Donut Dreams: Hole in the Middle by Coco Simon

   Donut Dreams: Hole in the Middle by Coco Simon, Published by Simon Spotlight, 9781534460263, 2019

Format: Hardcover, 133 pages

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 2

Genre:  Realistic Fiction

What did you like about the book? The large font and easy vocabulary would make this a hit with younger readers who wish to begin reading chapter books.  For those same reasons this would be a good choice for struggling readers who may be older. The plot is easy to follow with characters well laid out to avoid confusion.  The main character, Lindsay, is simple and the story progresses as one would predict. She deals with the loss of her mother and throughout the book talks about how that makes her feel.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The plot of this book is very simple.  The characters behave exactly as one would expect with little to liven up the story.  That being said, there is very little character development.  

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers in grades 3 and up who enjoy realistic fiction or stories about children who have lost a parent would like this book.  

Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for school or public libraries that cannot get enough simple chapter book for struggling readers.  

Where would you shelve it? Realistic Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  I feel that this title would reside near the bottom of a “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: January 14, 2020


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