Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Violet Raines Almost Got Struck By Lightning
By Danette Haworth

I read this book Saturday night and thought it was super cute. I loved spunky Vi. And with the teaser on the jacketflap, of coral snakes and alligators, who wouldn’t want to read Violet Raines Almost Got Struck By Lightning?

It was 162 pages of awesome attitude twirled into a fun-filled story.

I enjoyed the fish fries, which brought back childhood memories for me. My own Dad hunted and fished to feed us kids. With 9 of us, he had too. But, I hated watching the fish get cleaned, just like Melissa.

I could totally relate to Vi’s jealousy. When I grew up with my best friend, who lived across the street, I too, just like Vi, was jealous whenever new girls came into the picture. I felt left out some times but never considered how my friend felt, when I was hanging out with my sisters and brothers or other friends.

I especially loved Vi’s word collection. Taradiddle, magniloquent, jubilant, and serendipity were all great, but my own personal favorite was a word my mom and grandma used to use all the time: persnickety. Now, isn’t that a cool word for a kid?

The tree cave was a cool idea and the bridge crossing was always hanging around in the back of my mind.

All around, a very fun story.


Cate Gardner said...

Oh, I can't wait to read this book - though I still need to get a copy for myself. I bought the book for my cousin with the intention of reading it first but then she ran off with it, so I'll have to get another copy. :)

Danette Haworth said...


I love the photo! Thank you for the great review.