Synopses & Reviews
In the latest installment of this funny foodie series, eight-year-old Dessert and her friends are exposed to a highly contagious diseaseand#8212;the Annoying Sibling Disease. Itand#8217;s up to her to come up with a plan to stop this deadly disease, and when her class embarks on a study of the American Revolution, Mrs. Howdy Doody inspires Dessert to form a club and fight back. But as president of the Annoying Siblings Club, Dessert bites off a little more than she can chew, and in the end, she learns that to have a good friend or sibling, she has to be one.
The common perils of childhood propel the action in Durandand#8217;s second installment of her Dessert series, as her eponymous heroine, age eight, tries to solve the never-ending problem of annoying siblings. Children will easily identify with Dessert and her difficulties in this lively, always humorous story. Dessert isnand#8217;t the only character whoand#8217;s encountering sibling difficulties: Her school friends find themselves even more plagued by their younger brothers and sisters than she. Ever innovative, Dessert starts a dues-paying club for the beleaguered group. However, as the money-collecting club president, she eventually realizes she canand#8217;t actually solve her friendsand#8217; problems. Worse, she spent the dues money on herself. The author deftly portrays both an active four-child family and Dessertand#8217;s well-run third-grade classroom. Every child comes across as a believable, real person. Young readers will recognize the range of common annoyances caused by the destructive siblings, such as damaged dolls and stolen tooth-fairy prizes. Davenierand#8217;s vivacious drawings easily capture the mood and enliven the characterizations. Lively fun well pitched to the young target audience. --andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;KIRKUSandlt;/iandgt;, June 2010andlt;/bandgt;
In the latest installment of this funny foodie series, eight-year-old Dessert and her friends are exposed to a highly contagious disease--the Annoying Sibling Disease. It's up to her to come up with a plan to stop this deadly disease. Illustrations.
Serving up...Just Desserts
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Hallie Durandandlt;/bandgt;and#8217;s favorite dessert is vanilla ice cream drowned in hot-fudge sauce.andnbsp; She grew up in a large, food-loving family much like the one in her books.andnbsp; But unlike Dessert, Hallie had to eat dessert after supper.andnbsp; When sheand#8217;s not writing, she likes to visit fondue restaurants to do and#8220;research.and#8221; Hallie lives with her family in New Jersey.andnbsp; andlt;iandgt;andlt;/iandgt;andlt;bandgt;Christine Davenierandlt;/bandgt;and#8217;sandlt;bandgt; andlt;/bandgt;favorite dessert is profiterole au chocolat.andnbsp; Sheandnbsp;is the illustrator of many books for children including theandnbsp;andlt;iandgt;Iris and Walter andlt;/iandgt;series by Elissa Haden Guestandnbsp;andandnbsp;andlt;iandgt;The First Thing My Mama Told Me andlt;/iandgt;by Susan Marie Swanson, for which Christine received a andlt;iandgt;New York Times Book Reviewandlt;/iandgt; Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year Award. She lives in Paris.