Aug 8, 2022

Early Reader Review: Surely Surely 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.

Surely Surely Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly 
Series: Maybe Marisol #2
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date:  August 9, 2022

Format: Ebook


Goodreads Synopsis: 

"Anyone who has ever had trouble feeling brave will be empowered by Marisol."--NBC News

Everyone loves sports . . . except Marisol! The stand-alone companion to Newbery Medal winner and New York Times-bestselling Erin Entrada Kelly's Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey is an irresistible and humorous story about friendship, family, and fitting in. Fans of Clementine, Billy Miller Makes a Wish, and Ramona the Pest will find a new friend in Marisol.

Marisol Rainey's two least-favorite things are radishes and gym class. She avoids radishes with very little trouble, but gym is another story--especially when Coach Decker announces that they will be learning to play kickball.

There are so many things that can go wrong in kickball. What if Marisol tries to kick the ball . . . but falls down? What if she tries to catch the ball and gets smacked in the nose? What if she's the worst kickballer in the history of kickball? Marisol and her best friend Jada decide to get help from the most unlikely--and most annoying--athlete in the world: Marisol's big brother, Oz.

Told in short chapters with illustrations by the author on almost every page, Erin Entrada Kelly's stand-alone companion novel to Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey celebrates the small but mighty Marisol, the joys of friendship, the power of being different, and the triumph of persevering. Surely Surely Marisol Rainey is ideal for readers of Kevin Henkes, Meg Medina, Judy Blume, and Beverly Cleary.
This is a fun-filled follow up to Maybe Maybe Maisol Rainey. The 2nd book in the Marisol series follows Marisol to gym class. She is not that good at most sports and now they have to play kickball. Marisol is so worried about playing and being good and it is wearing on her. The book follows her struggle, trials, and methods of trying to learn kickball with hopes of just kicking the ball. 

This is such a cute story. Marisol is smart and fun and I can relate to the torment of gym class. I was not great at sports, I hated performing in front of others, and there was always that one bully that made it worse. Marisol experiences all of that and she does a great job being herself and trying her best. 

This would be a wonderful book for young readers, the chapters are shorter and there will be illustrations throughout the book. I think Marisol is a great and relatable character that lots of different types of readers will enjoy.

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