Maude wants to be a member of the Bug-of-the-Month Club in her new neighborhood and decides that her entrance speech will be about fireflies. She reads, she researches, she prepares, and she delivers a speech that all the club members love—except for hard-to-please Louise. Louise won’t even let Maude in the club! So Maude vows to really let Louise have it for being so rude—but when she does, it’s not in the way anyone expects. A sparkly story about friendship, kindness, and inclusion—packed with info about fireflies, too!
There is too much bad behavior and bullying in this book for me to read it again.
<b>Cari Best</b> has written many award-winning picture books, including <i>Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen</i>, a <i>School Library Journal </i>Best Book of the Year; and <i>My Three Best Friends and Me, </i>described by the <i>New York Times</i> as “refreshing” and “exciting.” Her picture book <i>If I Could Drive, Mama</i> was described by <i>Publishers Weekly</i> as “a wonderful tribute to an imagination in perpetual motion.” <i>In the Country of Queens</i> is her first novel. Ms. Best lives in Connecticut.