Thursday, February 22, 2018

Meet the WellieWishers

Meet the WellieWishers. (American Girl) Judy Katschke. 2018. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: The WellieWishers are a group of girls who each have the same big, bright wish: to be a good friend! Willa, Emerson, Camille, Kendall, and Ashlyn play together in a large and leafy garden cared for by Willa's Aunt Miranda. The girls all have garden boots known as wellingtons or "wellies." When they wear their wellies, the girls are ready for anything! Are you ready to meet the WellieWishers?

Premise/plot: Readers meet more than the WellieWishers in this new picture book. Readers "meet" the WellieWishers, the WellieWishers' playsets, and the WellieWishers' animals. Readers also "learn" about the four seasons.

My thoughts: American Girl books are nothing new, I suppose. But they've expanded their publishing market to include picture books and early readers. Previous titles in the chapter books series, seem to focus more on story and character than in marketing toys. I think the dolls are adorable. But I can't bring myself to think of this book as anything but an AmericanGirl catalog in disguise.

Text: 2.5 out of 5
Illustrations: 2.5 out of 5
Total: 5 out of 10

© 2018 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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