Title: Owl Diaries: Eva’s Treetop Festival
Author & Illustrator: Rebecca Elliott
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Summary: Eva has a new diary that she writes in everyday. And this week, she is writing about her idea to have a Bloomtastic Festival to celebrate the beginning of spring. The problem is that she wants to do everything herself and she only has seven days to get ready. She is about ready to give up when she decides to ask her classmates for help. Everyone agrees to pitch in, even the meanie Sue Clawson. Not everything is as perfect as Eva would have liked, but everyone has a great time and Eva shares her trophy with the whole class.
Literary Merit: Short phrases and colorful pictures are engaging. The pages are still mostly filled with illustrations which support beginning independent readers. Humor and puns about being an owl are scattered throughout the story.
Kid Appeal: Bright colors and cute owls decorate the pages of the book. The diary format makes it appealing for young girls. It has a grown-up feel to it.
Disclaimer: This book was nominated for the 2015 CYBILS Award in the Early Chapter Book category. This review is shared as part of the Round One Judging. It is solely my own opinion and not influenced by any other parties.