Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake #Giveaway

by Dawn

I received a copy of this book for review purposes. I was also compensated for writing this post, but all opinions remain my own.

carrot_juiceFourth-grader Eleanor is about to learn a valuable childhood lesson about friendship, and just as she did in her previous two books featuring young Eleanor, Julie Sternberg presents this story in an accessible and emotionally-honest manner in Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake. Perfect for readers who have graduated beyond beginner chapter books but may not yet have the stamina to read longer middle grade novels independently, Sternberg’s books are a delight.

Friendship is a huge part of the lives of nine and ten year olds, especially the bond between best friends. When a new student is introduced to their class, the effect on Eleanor’s friendship with Pearl is immediate. Her best friend Pearl is asked to be the new student Ainsley’s “buddy,” which will require her to help her with schoolwork on the afternoons that she used to spend at Eleanor’s house. As Pearl and Ainsley spend more time together, Eleanor feels left out, and she sees Pearl treating Ainsley like she was her best friend. This poses a new social challenge for Eleanor, and in a moment of embarrassment, she impulsively says something to a group of classmates that she immediately regrets. Unfortunately, she can’t take it back, and she has hurt both Ainsley and Pearl.

I did a mean thing. A very mean thing. To a new girl AND to my best friend. I HATE that I did it. But I did. This is worse than carrot juice on a cupcake or a wasp on my pillow or a dress that’s too tight at the neck. I hope you never do anything that mean. I really do.

Eleanor’s voice carries the perfect amount of innocence and honesty in this realistic representation, and in this third book, Sternberg has again chosen a storyline that children will understand and be able to compare to their own experiences. Eleanor must work through her regret to figure out what she can do to make amends.

I’ve appreciated that Eleanor is portrayed reaching out to the adults in her life when she has a problem in all three books, something that doesn’t always happen in children’s literature but is a good example for young readers. Eleanor also faces a personal challenge in the story at the same time as her friendship woes, as she is starring in the class play, which means performing a solo in spite of her fear of singing in front of others.

Sternberg writes Eleanor’s reactions in simple text that both is accessible to young readers and reads authentically. For more information on Eleanor’s previous two stories, please see my reviews for Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie and Like Bug Juice on a Burger over on 5 Minutes for Books.

Enter to win

sternbergWe’re excited to be able to offer three books in today’s giveaway. One winner will receive a copy of this lovely book, as well as copies of the previous two in the series, Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie and Like Bug Juice on a Burger. Enter using the widget below. Giveaway open to US residents only, please.

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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 Kristie March 3, 2014 at 8:42 am

My daughter is in 2nd grade and read Like Bug Juice on a Burger….she’d LOVE to read these as well! Thank you so much for the chance to win for my little reader! ;-)


2 anne March 3, 2014 at 10:35 am

I would enjoy sharing these wonderful books with my granddaughter. thanks for this lovely giveaway.


3 Jennifer Thorson ( March 3, 2014 at 10:42 am

Sounds like the perfect read for my first grader.


4 Elaine March 3, 2014 at 10:46 am

These books look fantastic! My 6 year old will love them. Thanks for the head’s up!


5 meagan bs March 3, 2014 at 11:40 am

I’d love to share these with my daughter. She is 6, she would love them.


6 kort March 3, 2014 at 2:32 pm

i’d love to read these books with my daughter!


7 Rachel Cartucci March 3, 2014 at 7:46 pm

With my little baby boy Jack…he would love these.


8 Jenny Q. March 3, 2014 at 10:38 pm

My son would like this book.


9 Kelly Brown March 4, 2014 at 5:43 am

I’d share them with my students. They would love them!


10 Anita Williams March 4, 2014 at 5:57 am

I think my almost nine year old granddaughter, Jayne, would love these books. Even if I don’t win the contest, I plan to purchase the set for her birthday in June.


11 Cbesack March 4, 2014 at 12:47 pm

I would love to share these with our elementary students !!!


12 Heather B March 4, 2014 at 5:55 pm

I think my daughter would really enjoy these books!


13 Jessica T March 4, 2014 at 6:53 pm

My kids would love them. And my class of Grade 2s!


14 Michelle C March 5, 2014 at 3:10 am

I would enjoy reading this book to my daughter. Thank you.


15 Anita Yancey March 5, 2014 at 8:40 am

I would like to share these books with my daughter. Thanks for this chance.


16 Wendy Rozema March 5, 2014 at 1:33 pm

I’d like to share these with my kids


17 Cassandra Eastman March 6, 2014 at 11:13 pm

I’d share them with my son & daughter!


18 Terry Maigi March 6, 2014 at 11:29 pm

I would love to share these with my daughter


19 samantha Wagner March 9, 2014 at 3:00 am

I would share them with my son. He’s in first grade and likes finding new things to read.


20 Amy March 9, 2014 at 4:19 pm

My five kids!


21 Nannypanpan March 9, 2014 at 9:47 pm

My son would like them


22 Nannypanpan March 9, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Entered cat in the hat app


23 Annmarie W. March 10, 2014 at 5:56 am

My niece would LOVE this book!


24 Terra Heck March 10, 2014 at 7:32 am

I’d like to win these for my niece. I think she’d enjoy reading them. Thanks.


25 Gayle S March 10, 2014 at 11:00 pm

I would like to share these with my two grandchildren. They both have a tremendous love for books.


26 Beth C March 12, 2014 at 2:13 pm

I would share with my grandchildren.


27 Misha Estrada March 12, 2014 at 5:33 pm

My kids would like these books.


28 Janice Crespo March 14, 2014 at 5:27 pm

I would share these with my grandson, Carter


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