May 4, 2021

Early Reader Review: Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly

Source: From the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly 
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date:  May 4, 2021 TODAY!

Format: Ebook


Goodreads Synopsis: 
Marisol Rainey's mother was born in the Philippines. Marisol's father works and lives part-time on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. And Marisol, who has a big imagination and likes to name inanimate objects, has a tree in her backyard she calls Peppina . . . but she's way too scared to climb it. This all makes Marisol the only girl in her small Louisiana town with a mother who was born elsewhere and a father who lives elsewhere (most of the time)--the only girl who's fearful of adventure and fun.

Will Marisol be able to salvage her summer and have fun with Jada, her best friend? Maybe. Will Marisol figure out how to get annoying Evie Smythe to leave her alone? Maybe. Will Marisol ever get to spend enough real time with her father? Maybe. Will Marisol find the courage to climb Peppina? Maybe.
Marisol is a young girl who would love nothing more that to be brave. She is a sweet but scared little girl that would really like to climb the tree in her yard, that she has named Peppina. This was a very cute middle grade read. Marisol is creative, imaginative,  sensitive, and a wonderful character to follow as she learns to be courageous throughout the book. 

The book features shorter chapters as well as illustrations which I think young readers will enjoy. I also think that readers will relate to Marisol, she is struggling with a few fears and I think that readers will resonate with them. Marisol has a girl in her class that is not the nicest, she has a brother who is also a bit mean, but she has a supportive family and friends that really help her. 

Overall this book was cute and I think readers will enjoy it. It is kind-hearted and sweet and it is told in a way that the characters are realistic and you are in Marisol's head. If you are looking for a book to help someone young  try to overcome fears, this is a good one for that. It was a fun, quick, little chapter book that I think both parents and kids will enjoy.

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