Gilly the Great!

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Early chapter book. “Gloria Jean Gatsby!”
Uh-oh! Mom only uses my whole name if she’s mad at me, or when she’s really proud, like when I graduated from kindergarten. When she’s proud her eyes start leaking and she says a bunch of sappy junk. But I don’t hear any sappy junk now, so this is probably a mad yell. And I bet I know why...

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Published by Candle Star Press
Words: 4,740
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465996060
About Michelle Isenhoff

When Michelle Isenhoff's not writing imaginary adventures, she’s probably off on one. She loves roller coasters and swimming in big waves. She’s an avid runner. She likes big dogs, high school football games, old graveyards, and wearing flip-flops all winter. Her dream vacation would include lots of castle ruins, but so far she’s had to settle for pictures on Pinterest. Once an elementary teacher, Michelle now homeschools two of her three kids and looks forward to summer break as much as they do.

In a genre dominated by traditional publishers, Michelle has received the following accolades:

Nominated for a 2013 Cybils Award (Song of the Mountain)
Semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review 2013 Book Awards (Song of the Mountain)
Considered for the 2012 Great Michigan Read (Divided Decade Trilogy)
Nominated for the 2012 Maine Student Book Award (The Color of Freedom)
Candle Star logo whiteMichelle’s books have been lauded by teachers and homeschoolers alike. Educators are invited to request free digital copies. Michelle is also pleased to provide complimentary copies to book reviewers.

Candle Star Press is her personal imprint.

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Reviews

Review by: Renee Cormier on March 24, 2012 :
This review consists of 2 parts: 1. My daughter's review (she's 8) and 2. My review (the Mom). For the full review of Gilly the Great! and other reviews, please visit us at www.motherdaughterbookreviews.com

DAUGHTER SAYS:

I liked the story – it was easy to read and it took about 15 minutes to finish it. I probably felt the same way as Gilly about going to a new school and not knowing anyone when I moved cities. I think that Gilly didn’t act nicely and she shouldn’t have acted the way she did. I liked that she apologized to the girl whose picture she wrecked because that was nice.

I liked this book and I would recommend it to my friends. I think that girls would like to read this book and maybe some boys. I think kids even younger than me would like this story.

MOM SAYS:

This is a really tight, lovely short story with a clear message. The story is about friendship, accepting and loving yourself for who you are, and forgiveness.

Kids and grown-ups alike will relate to Gilly’s uncertainty and anxiety around making new friends. I’m sure many of us can remember putting our foot in our mouth at least once when feeling nervous and awkward in a social situation. Were we forgiven for our gaffe or (or did we turn beet red and slink away unnoticed through the back door?)

I really enjoyed Isenhoff’s writing style, giving just enough information about Gilly and her thought processes that you could imagine yourself in her shoes. I can vouch that Isenhoff nails the temperament and angst of a typical 7 year-old girl. I was actually cringing and saying “tsk, tsk” as I was reading certain passages feeling sympathy toward Gilly as she was making poor choices in negotiating new friendships.

One little bit of feedback for the author. While I understand that the author’s intent for this book was to write a short story for her young daughter, this story would have been that much better if there were a few illustrations. I’m glad she choose to publish and share this story!

This was a very short read (23 pages) which would make it appropriate for reading to a child and for new independent readers. I would recommend it for young girls ages 7+.
(review of free book)

Review by: Renee Cormier on March 24, 2012 :
This review consists of two parts: 1. My daughter's review of Gilly the Great! (she's 8) and 2. My review (the Mom). For the full review (and other reviews), please visit us at www.motherdaughterbookreviews.com

MY DAUGHTER SAYS:

I liked the story – it was easy to read and it took about 15 minutes to finish it. I probably felt the same way as Gilly about going to a new school and not knowing anyone when I moved cities. I think that Gilly didn’t act nicely and she shouldn’t have acted the way she did. I liked that she apologized to the girl whose picture she wrecked because that was nice.

I liked this book and I would recommend it to my friends. I think that girls would like to read this book and maybe some boys. I think kids even younger than me would like this story.

MOM SAYS:

This is a really tight, lovely short story with a clear message. The story is about friendship, accepting and loving yourself for who you are, and forgiveness.

Kids and grown-ups alike will relate to Gilly’s uncertainty and anxiety around making new friends. I’m sure many of us can remember putting our foot in our mouth at least once when feeling nervous and awkward in a social situation. Were we forgiven for our gaffe or (or did we turn beet red and slink away unnoticed through the back door?)

I really enjoyed Isenhoff’s writing style, giving just enough information about Gilly and her thought processes that you could imagine yourself in her shoes. I can vouch that Isenhoff nails the temperament and angst of a typical 7 year-old girl. I was actually cringing and saying “tsk, tsk” as I was reading certain passages feeling sympathy toward Gilly as she was making poor choices in negotiating new friendships.

One little bit of feedback for the author. While I understand that the author’s intent for this book was to write a short story for her young daughter, this story would have been that much better if there were a few illustrations. I’m glad she choose to publish and share this story!

This was a very short read (23 pages) which would make it appropriate for reading to a child and for new independent readers. I would recommend it for young girls (7+).
(review of free book)

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