POLLY DIAMOND AND THE SUPER STUNNING SPECTACULAR SCHOOL FAIR | Book Review

Thank you Kid Lit Exchange and Chronicle Books for the ARC of POLLY DIAMOND AND THE SUPER STUNNING SPECTACULAR SCHOOL FAIR!  This magical realism chapter book featuring a diverse main character is second in a series.

My seven-year-old liked the first one enough that this volume earned itself a spot on my Most Confiscated ARCs list. 

Imaginative aspiring author Polly Diamond is back with her magical book Spell, where whatever Polly writes comes true! 

When Polly brainstorms ideas for how to make S.T.O.R.Y. Utopia, her school’s literary festival, amazing… we learn Spell is unclear on the concept of a metaphor. Cotton candy clouds fill the air and a carousel of Wonderland animals appears in the school library.

The fair descends into a literary mashup mayhem (complete with classmates being turned into a fire-belching dragon and a cantankerous squirrel). Too bad Spell is lost in the confusion, and Polly can’t write a happy ending… 

Caveat

  • Polly Diamond does veer a little close to didactic on some of the Language Arts mechanics in places but always course corrects just in time. A child reader will grasp what a simile and a palindrome are, but be too delighted by a dozens of whimsical details to notice. 

Loved

  • To date, this is one of those series you can read out of order.
  • In case your child’s (or your) chapter book TBR is depleted at the end of this story, Polly has provided a list of her favorites old and new in the backmatter. 
  • Two books into the series, my seven-year-old is already enough of a Polly Diamond fan, that this volume has earned itself a spot on my Most Confiscated ARCs list.

Diversity

  • Polly is Black/white biracial (Mom is Black, dad is white). We know this only from the illustrations, race does not factor into the story.
My TBR was too small.

POLLY DIAMOND AND THE SUPER STUNNING SPECTACULAR SCHOOL FAIR (Polly Diamond series #2) by Alice Kuipers (author) and Diana Toledano (illustrator) is out now from Chronicle Books.  

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