Stella Batts {Review and Giveaway}

by Dawn

Third grader Stella Batts has completely charmed my children. We’ve read the first two chapter books in the new series from Sleeping Bear Press, and when number three found its way to my house, my six year old daughter squealed with delight, for she has had so much fun spending time with this character. She wasn’t disappointed in the third installment, Stella Batts: Pardon Me, once again feeling a strong connection to this delightful literary character.

What do you need to know about Stella? Well, in her first book, Stella Batts: Needs a New Name, young readers discover that Stella loves to write, and in fact, the books are her very own autobiographies! With Stella as the storyteller, kids quickly come to like her, for she’s funny and realistic. She has a little sister with whom she bickers, especially when she copies her (which seems like all the time, at least to Stella). But in that first book, she has a problem– her name. Thanks to a terrible nickname that a mean classmate has given her, Stella hatches a plan to change her name, but she doesn’t anticipate all the confusion that ensues.

By book two, Stella Batts: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow, the name issue is finally cleared up, but she’s got an even bigger problem on her hands. Well, in her hair, actually. Did I forget to tell you that Stella’s parents own a candy store in town? And that she and her sister Penny get to sample new products sometimes? It’s definitely a sweet situation to be in, until a piece of candy causes Stella to have some serious hair problems. I can tell you that my daughter was so invested in this story when we read it over the course of a week– she couldn’t stop wondering what was going to happen to Stella!

As book three opens, readers are reminded of another sad happening from the previous installment. Stella’s best friend Willa has moved away, all the way across the country, in fact. Stella Batts: Pardon Me introduces a new character, one who speaks with an English accent (that most folks will be able to feign better than I could!) and who uses many words and phrases that cause simple misunderstandings (that are actually quite fun to read about and explain!). Stella is struggling with the absence of her friend Willa, and she’s not even sure that they are still friends when Willa doesn’t want to take her phone call. Starting a friendship with someone new can also be tricky, as Stella soon finds as Evie joins her class. As in the previous two books, by the end of ten chapters, Stella has found resolution to the problems at hand, and this time around, Stella learns that friendship is something you can never have too much of. Each book also includes a sneak preview of the next installment, so my kids are already excited for book four: Stella Batts: A Case of the Meanies, to be published early next month.

For newly independent readers, the Stella Batts series offers some fun stories with simple but relatable conflicts, believable young characters, and engaging sketch-like illustrations by Jennifer A. Bell scattered throughout each chapter. I’ve enjoyed reading these aloud with my six and four year old children, for each chapter is the perfect length for bedtime reading, and my daughter has joyfully re-read them on her own again after we finished.

Today’s giveaway will give THREE lucky winners copies of all three books in the series! To be entered, please follow the directions in the Rafflecopter below. We’ll announce our winners here on 9/3.

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When she's not reviewing books, 5 Minutes for Books contributor Dawn (and her online alter ego, morninglight mama) can be found blogging at my thoughts exactly and contributing to The DC Moms.

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1 Heather Hayes Panjon August 20, 2012 at 12:52 am

My Niece Would Love This Book !:)

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2 Natalie August 20, 2012 at 5:41 am

My daughter would love this. She just finished the Ivy and Bean series and we are always looking for more books for her. PLus I think this would be fun to read with her and to my 5 year-old as well. Whether I win or not, thanks for sharing – I have a new series to check out!

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3 Mia Dentice Carey August 20, 2012 at 8:13 am

My son would love these books!

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4 april yedinak August 20, 2012 at 10:00 am

My youngest daughter

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5 gail August 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

my niece would love it

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6 HappyMomC August 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm

my niece & daughters would love this!

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7 Jenny August 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm

My daughter would love this.

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8 Lauren August 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I have a daughter who would love to read these. Thanks, Dawn!

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9 Carolyn August 20, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I bought the first one for a friend! Love to get them for my girl!

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10 Serendipity is Sweet August 20, 2012 at 10:23 pm

My 7 year old daughter would love these. Thanks for the chance to win!

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11 Patricia Crowley August 20, 2012 at 10:35 pm

My nieces would love it!

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12 Kela August 20, 2012 at 11:12 pm

My ten year old daughter would enjoy this series!! :)

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13 Jessica T August 21, 2012 at 12:00 am

My daughter would love this!

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14 Cheryl Rahkonen August 21, 2012 at 3:34 am

I have a granddaughter that loves to read – she would love this series of books.

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15 lana August 21, 2012 at 7:50 am

for a friends little girl

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16 LaVonne August 21, 2012 at 11:55 am

I think my daughter would love this.

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17 Terra Heck August 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm

My youngest step-daughter would enjoy these books. Thanks.
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18 Kathy Stevenson August 21, 2012 at 1:28 pm

My 6 year old daughter would love this series!

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19 Idaho Jill August 21, 2012 at 7:17 pm

My 5 year old daughter!

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20 Kimberly August 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm

My 7yr old daughter and I have caught your excitement! We are looking forward to meeting Stella. Thanks for suggesting this series.

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21 Patty Schuler August 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm

My granddaughter would love it

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22 E.S. Ivy August 22, 2012 at 10:41 am

I think my 7-year-old niece would love this – but my daughters still enjoy remembering their younger selves with a quick read. There is no book too long or short for them!

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23 Steph August 22, 2012 at 11:35 am

My daughter would enjoy these books.

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24 Hoa Le August 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm

My granddaughter would love this.

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25 Denise M August 22, 2012 at 11:30 pm

my daughter would definitely enjoy these stories

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26 Miranda Ward August 23, 2012 at 1:44 am
27 Kimberly B. August 23, 2012 at 2:41 am

My niece would love his series.

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28 Kristi C August 23, 2012 at 8:54 am

My niece would love these.

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29 Charlotte Padgett August 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm

My great-granddaughter would love these.

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30 Jacquelyn Cannon August 24, 2012 at 1:16 am

My niece would love this, she’s a realy girly girl.

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31 Molly Collins August 24, 2012 at 9:53 am

My daughter would love these books. I am always on the lookout for fun books for her to read and look like they fit the bill!

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32 Heidi August 24, 2012 at 10:15 am

My second grader would love this series!

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33 Heidi B August 24, 2012 at 10:16 am

This series looks like something my second grader would love!

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34 Janie August 24, 2012 at 11:44 am

My grand daughter Allie would love these books

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35 Robert Pyszk August 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm

My niece would love this series a lot

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36 Beth C August 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm

My granddaughter would love this!

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37 benita August 24, 2012 at 6:19 pm

My niece would love this series!

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38 LT August 25, 2012 at 11:55 am

My 8 year old daughter would love this!

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39 Kristi August 26, 2012 at 10:34 am

I am always looking for new books to read with my son!

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40 angie August 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm

my niece would love this book

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41 Minty Patterson August 27, 2012 at 12:27 am

My nephew would like this and then when my twins get old enough I am sure they would too. My addiction is children’s books. I have so much fun reading them to my twins.

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42 Chelsea August 27, 2012 at 12:40 am

My oldest daughter would really enjoy this series

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43 Thao Nguyen August 27, 2012 at 12:46 am

My 5-years-old Niece would love this one

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44 Lori D. August 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm

These books sound great.

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45 Heather August 27, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I hope my younger daughter would like them. I’m having trouble finding books that interest her.

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46 Wendy M August 27, 2012 at 10:28 pm

This would be a great series for my niece.

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47 Chuck August 28, 2012 at 11:09 am

For the grandchildren.

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48 Shannon F. August 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm

My daughter would!

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49 Staci A August 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm

My niece would love it!

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50 Caitlin McClure August 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm

My niece would like it

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51 Tamar August 29, 2012 at 10:08 am

My daughter would love it.

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52 Angela E. August 29, 2012 at 10:53 am

Such cute little books.

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53 Diane Baum August 29, 2012 at 11:24 am

My sons would love this

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54 polly August 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm

i know my niece would just love this series to read

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55 shawna August 31, 2012 at 2:03 pm

My daughter would love this.

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56 Valerie Taylor Mabrey August 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm

my granddaughters
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57 kendra W September 1, 2012 at 1:25 am

My 2nd grade daughter would adore this

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58 Karen Gonyea September 1, 2012 at 7:04 am

My niece would LOVE this :)

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59 Angela W September 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

I would love to win this for my daughter, thanks!

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60 Joan Troche September 1, 2012 at 11:11 am

My 3rd grade daughter would love this!

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61 Susan Smith September 1, 2012 at 12:39 pm

My daughter would love these books

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62 Sandy V. September 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I would give this to my niece’s daughter.

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63 Ann Council September 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm

My niece would be happy with these books.

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64 Jessica Rose September 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm

My younger cousin would love this!

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65 cassandra (rab pom) September 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm

My niece would love this series thanks!

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66 Teresa Thompson September 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm

My granddaughter would love these books.

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67 Jennifer Peaslee September 1, 2012 at 5:51 pm

I think my niece would love this set!

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68 mike b September 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm

my niece would like this.

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69 Kathy Pease September 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm

my niece would love these :)

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70 shirley zolenski September 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm

My niece would love this

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71 Carole I September 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm

For my 6 year old girl :)

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72 Carol W September 1, 2012 at 10:50 pm

I would love to win these for my niece. thanks
carolwegs at gmail dot com

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73 Kimberly Amici March 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Just stumbles upon this series and really enjoyed reading the first book with my 8yr. old. We will be discussing it with her book club today after school. thanks for the review! Our group will be reading the follow-up books as well.

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