Hello my friends! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted a new book review, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading! :) The Luck of the Buttons, by Anne Ylvisaker, is one new book that really caught my eye. Check out this cover:
Of course we always talk about not judging a book by its cover, but this one is so great! The little girl’s smile is so sweet, and her hair is a little messy. She is someone I knew I would like to get to know.
At the end of the book, the author explains that the whole story idea behind this book came from an old photo, and that photo is the one on the cover of the book the girl is holding. Isn’t it neat how a whole story came from one photograph? Writers can be inspired by anything!
The other thing about this book that made me pick it up and read it was the title. At first I thought it was really about buttons, but when you start reading, you realize it is a family’s last name. The main character’s name is Tugs Button. What a great name! (There’s an interesting story behind her name, too.)
There is more to this book than an eye-catching cover and great character names. It is 1929 and the Buttons have been unlucky for years. Then, when Tugs discovers a surprising friend in Aggie Millhouse, it is the first in a series of changes in Tugs’ life. Will Tugs be a lucky button, or will she continue to suffer the usual, unlucky luck of the Buttons?
I would recommend this book to students in grades 3-5. If you enjoyed Turtle in Paradise, Touch Blue, or The Penderwicks, you should definitely give this book a try.