Principal for a Day by Christine Evans, Illustrated by Patrick Corrigan

Principal for a Day (The Wish Library, #2), by Christine Evans, Illustrated by Patrick Corrigan, Published by Albert Whitman & Company, 9780807587423, 2021

Format: Hardcover, 87 pages

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Realistic Fantasy

What did you like about the book? Large font and easy vocabulary will make this a hit with younger or struggling readers who wish to begin reading chapter books.  Even though it is in a series, this book can be read out of order as the plot is easy to follow.  The main character in this title, Luca, a new student at Lincoln Elementary and not yet acclimated, has to deal with his best friend, Raven, leaving for a few days.  He does his best to fit in, but matters go from bad to worse with him ending up in the principal’s office.  He feels lonely and misjudged.  Finally he feels he has no other choice but to go to the Wish Library, where his request to be in charge is granted.  He soon learns that being in charge is not as easy as it looks.  Black and white illustrations dot the pages of this tale.  The underlying moral to the tale is very obvious.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The plot of this book is very simple.  Most of the characters are two dimensional; the adults appear to lack an understanding that would be essential in a school setting.  Students will be able to guess what will happen without much effort.  

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers in grades 1 to 3 who enjoy realistic fiction, family stories, or books with a little magic will enjoy this text.  

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

Where would you shelve it? Realistic Fantasy

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: June 25, 2021

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