Donut Dreams: Family Recipe by Coco Simon


      Donut Dreams: Family Recipe by Coco Simon, Published by Simon Spotlight, 9781534465404, 2020

Format: Hardcover, 156 pages

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

Genre:  Realistic Fiction

What did you like about the book? Like the first books in the series, the large font and easy vocabulary will make this a hit with younger or struggling readers who wish to begin reading chapter books.  This would also be a good choice for older readers who may struggle.  As with the first books, the plot is easy to follow and familiar characters are brought into the story.  The main character in this title, Molly, is adopted and works with her family in her grandparent’s restaurant; she lives with her two sisters, mom, and dad.  She is tasked with creating a family tree for a school project which brings up questions and anxiety about her birth parents.  Although her current family does not treat her any differently, she needs to overcome the torment of Eric, a school bully, who is constantly putting her adoption in a negative light.  The setting is similar to the other books, Molly’s house, school, and the shop, laid out simply for readers.  A good read for adopted children.  As with the first stories, there is a clear moral to the tale.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The plot and setting of this book are simple.  The characters behave exactly as one would expect, easily predictable.  Characters in the book are very understanding; and may not react to all circumstances as some might in the real world.  

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers in grades 3 and up who enjoy realistic fiction about adoption, family stories, or books in series such as Babysitter Club will enjoy this text.  

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

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 11, 2021

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