Polly Diamond and the Super Stunning Spectacular School Fair: Book 2 Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-05-28 
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" Such a cute story! Who wouldn't want a book that what you wrote inside came true? Poly and her very active imagination brings this to life at her school fair. Full of cute drawings and funny stuff happening. Great characters (like Dawson Dawsons) " said.

"This second book with Polly Diamond and Spell. her magical journal, focuses on a school fair with a book theme. Whatever Polly writes in Spell comes true, which leads to some messy situations at the fair. Children become the characters they ask for at the face painting booth, or the cotton candy Polly calls"Cotton Cloud Candy" begins floating about in small clouds that drift toward the ceiling.

Part of the humor is that Spell takes things quite literally, as you might imagine a book would. So when Polly says that the Book Odyssey is like a roller coaster, Spell turns the display into a real ride. The stories also point out various literary devices and types of wordplay like similes and palindromes. Polly often refers to books she has read, such as How to Train Your Dragon, and a list of Polly's favorite books is included after the story for the reader's easy reference.

The first book, Polly Diamond and the Magic Spell, came out in May 2018. This second book will come out in May 2019. I read an advance copy the publisher was sharing at NCTE.
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" Very cute chapter book. I enjoyed the first Polly Diamond book as well. Not all art is final in this ARC but what looks to be finished is good. Great for 3rd-4th grade. " said.

" Read book one first as should cover a few holes in this one. " said.

" An outstanding book. I think we have all wished for spell at some point. A book in which whatever you write comes true. A fantastic storyline full of magic and imagination. This is accompanied with some lovely illustrations. An absolutely incredible book and one I would happily read over and over again. " said.

"I liked the first book in this series a lot more than the second one. While the idea of a magic book that allows whatever its owner, Polly, writes in it to come true has appeal for most of us, the silliness of what happens at the school fair was just too over the top for me. While many youngsters will like the Puddle Monster and seeing Shaylene become a squirrel clinging to a tree branch, I simply wasn't as charmed by this one as the first one. The only part I did like was when Polly thinks she's lost Spell and her book will end up in the hands of someone else who may or may not realize what a special book he/she has on its hands. There is some fun word play here too since Spell takes everything quite literally. " said.

"Thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for providing a review copy.

Last year I was utterly charmed by the first book in this series, Polly Diamond and the Magic Book. This book was still fun but didn't quite live up to my expectations. Here, elementary school student Polly gets wrapped up in her school's plans for the book-themed fair. When she and her classmates find out the popcorn machine is broken, Polly worries that the fair won't live up to her hopes, so she writes all her ideas for the best fair ever in her magic notebook, Spell. What happens when her magic book brings all these ideas to life? This volume is long on definitions for big words and references to other kids books, but short on actual conflict and plot. Everything ends up resolved pretty quickly and easily, and most of the space in the book is spent describing Polly's neat ideas for the fair. The books Polly and her friends mention are all listed in the back of the book, and I like how many of them also star young girls of color like Polly. (I definitely added a few to my own TBR!)
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"Thank you to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC of this book.

Polly adores words...real words, made-up words, and playing with words. She's also excited that the school fair's theme this year is "books". When she writes special messages in her magic book, Spell, the school fair turns from ordinary to "super stunning spectacular".

This is a cute story, and I would recommend it to kids who love Fancy Nancy and her big words. There are lots of book references which kids will recognize, and it's a very positive look at a young person who loves the English language.
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