For this story, we thought we would let the kids do the talking. These are some reviews from their perspective.
L. (age 7) wrote:
My favorite character is Elaine because she likes to go on adventures. She keeps Marvin company while James is out of town at the beach. I think it's fun when Elaine and Marvin go into the pencil sharpener. They almost couldn't get out, but luckily Marvin came up with a plan and they were able to escape.
I also think it is funny that Marvin has his very own miniature art studio under the sink. He even drew a picture of the beach for James!
K. (age 7) wrote:
Elaine is great character because she wants to go on a fun adventure! She's excited and happy. She's playful and does somersaults, dives, and even a belly flop. She is just so cheerful!
I like the part of the story when Elaine and Marvin go into the pencil sharpener because there are soft wood shavings that they jump in a lot. They dive in them over and over again.
The Miniature World of Marvin and James
by Elise Broach
illustrated by Kelly Murphy
published by Henry Holt and Co.
recommended for ages 5-9