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I read a lot of really extreme views- loving or hating. That’s the only two types of people motivated to write reviews, right?!
Well. I read it first to make sure it was good for my daughter. The first parts were slow, with too many characters... I had a hard time getting into it. But BOY HOWDY, when I stuck with it I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a lovely story about humans in a unique living community experiencing love, friendship, and the day to day life. It’s wholesome.
My daughter read it- she had a slow start as well but then stayed up until 10pm to finish. She then looked up the author, additional books in the series, wrote the author a letter, and we ordered the rest of the books.
Compare all you would like to other books- but I think that’s a strange waste of time. It’s precious, unique, and worth the read.
Fantastic book! I loved sharing it with my kids as a read aloud. Together we were delighted to share experiences with the Vanderbeekers again. I love the example for my kids of the children working together towards a common goal, the realization that people aren’t who you assume they are at first glance, and that hard work can pay off more than you every hoped. My kids love how relatable the characters are to each of them. We all get sucked into the lives and story of this literary family that has quickly become one of our favorites!
Our entire family loved this book! We already loved the characters from reading the first book. We really enjoyed following their challenges as they tackled their project out of love. The new characters we met were just a lovable & memorable as the rest in this series. My 6 year old wants to know of we could move to 141st Steet someday! I think I may like this second book better than the first!! Both are so great!
Our 9-year old devours these books. The second one in the series is just as good as books 1 and 3 (out now). It's got a great sense of family, drama, humor, and dventure. There's a dark enemy (but not scary), and the Vanderbeekers work together in their classic chaotic and wholesome way to vanquish their opponent. The end is uplifting, but it's the fun along the way that makes the book so great for young readers. Very good buy.
My daughter really enjoyed the Vanderbaker’s first book and so for Christmas we bought her the second one. She enjoyed it just as much. Would definitely recommend it and nothing stood out to me as being inappropriate for kids !