Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Revenge of the Flower Girls, by Jennifer Ziegler
While the story is lighthearted and cute, I found it a bit hard to enjoy a story about a group of children intending to sabotage their older sister's wedding. Despite numerous warnings from all the grown-ups around them, they persist in their goal. And their stubborn persistence made them seem more like selfish brats concerned with getting nice presents and having fun, than caring younger siblings. Perhaps younger readers won't be bothered by the story's inherent mean streak (the title itself is a misnomer - there is no "revenge" going on here; but rather, simple plotting), but it interfered with my own enjoyment of the book. And regardless of the happy ending, it was hard to not feel that a lesson in respecting people's choices and proper boundaries was called for.
A note on the cover: in the book, the girls resist wearing dresses and end up attending the wedding in tuxedos. Somehow, the marketing department at Scholastic didn't get that message!
[Disclaimer: I received the book from the publisher in return for my consideration and review. No other compensation was received. As is usual, I'm donating the book to the public library. This book will be released on May 25th.]