REVIEW: Millie Fierce Sleeps Out by Jane Manning
Millie Fierce Sleeps Out
by Jane Manning
Millie is strong. Millie is fierce. But Millie has learned to keep her fierceness in check. And since she’s been sweet all summer long, Millie gets to have a sleepout with her friends. One where she promises to be well behaved. But things don’t go as Millie planned, and our fierce little heroine is not happy. Still, she tries her best to keep her fierceness inside. But when the scary dog from next door howls at the girls’ tent, Millie’s ferocity saves them all!
MY THOUGHTS: 3 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
While I thought this sequel to Millie Fierce was cute, I don’t think that it had the heart and humor of the first book of the series.
In this tale, young Millie has put her “fierceness” away and is trying very hard to be good. She’s been so good, in fact, that she’s going to have a campout in her backyard with her two very best friends! Millie goes about preparing everything and planning the night down to a T…but things happen that are out of her control, and Millie must channel her fierceness to make things right.
This book teaches kids that sometimes it’s okay to let a little bit of your attitude show, but I guess to me the lesson seems to go over the intended audience’s head. My son is five, and I can tell you that he didn’t sit still and listen to this entire book as well as he did Millie Fierce.
Maybe it would be better if both books are read to children in quick succession, like either one after the other or one day apart, so that the lesson sinks in better. For our family, the book was okay but sadly not as much fun as we thought it would be.
About the Author
Jane Manning is the illustrator of dozens of children’s books, including Little Goblins Ten by Pamela Jane, Drip Drop by Sarah Weeks, Cindy Ellen by Susan Lowell, and the New York Times Bestselling The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches by Alice Low. She wrote and illustrated 2008?s Cat Nights (Greenwillow).
Many of Jane’s books have appeared in Scholastic Book Clubs and ALA “Pick of the Lists”. She’s won several awards for her work, including Parenting Magazine’s Reading Magic Award for Drip Drop, and The Western Writers of America Storyteller Award for Cindy Ellen.
Jane lives in Deep River, Connecticut with Tim, Tatiana, Nellie, Ziggy, and Shep. She is usually very well behaved, but every once in a while, Jane turns fierce, just like Millie.
Visit www.milliefierce.com to find out more about Jane and the Millie Fierce series.