some nice reviews for “Beatrice Spells Some Lulus and Learns to Write a Letter ” that came out this fall
Publishers Weekly starred review:
With their customary novelistic depth and nuance, Best and Potter, the team behind Three Cheers for Catherine the Great! and other titles, tell the story of a girl named Beatrice whose initially rocky relationship with spelling (she spells her name ABCTERIE) turns into a full-fledged romance. Although Beatrice’s family doesn’t share her interest in spelling (“Leo had his ant farm, June had gymnastics, and her parents had their music”), she discovers a fellow word lover in her grandmother (“Life without spelling would be A-W-F-U-L,” Nanny Hannah declares), who gives Beatrice her first dictionary, introduces her to Scrabble, and offers up no less than Thomas Jefferson (“a crackerjack speller”) as a role model. Thus inspired, Beatrice overcomes her classmates’ skepticism (“Spelling makes me yawn,” a boy informs her), and transforms them into a spelling SWAT team who go “all over town looking for good words to spell—and for people’s mistakes.” Potter’s flattened, folk art–like perspectives, mannerist poses, and overall originality continue to be a terrific match for Best’s special brand of storytelling, with its lovely sense of restraint and striking emotional richness. Ages 5–8. (Aug.)
New York Times:
For every child who dislikes spelling, there’s another who loves it. Beatrice, who struggles to spell her own name (one of a string of “lulus” she masters over the course of this clever and encouraging book), comes to love words. Her like-minded grandmother introduces her to the dictionary, Thomas Jefferson (“a crackerjack speller”) and Scrabble. But her classmates don’t see the point until Beatrice finds a way to bring spelling to show and tell.