Cody and the Rules of Life
Cody knows there are rules in this life – no ringing the teacher’s gong, no toys at the table, and no breaking solemn promises, even if it’s for a good cause. When Cody goes over to her best friend Pearl’s house for a sleepover, they have a lot of fun. At the end, they even trade toys. Before Cody even knows what’s happening, she has Pearl’s Arctic Fox, and Gremlin is no longer hers. Once she gets home, she realizes she’s made a terrible mistake and wants Gremlin back very badly. What she can’t figure out, though, is if it’s really stealing if it used to belong to you?
Cody also knows there are many things that don’t make sense – why people hate cockroaches, why you can’t touch anything on a field trip, why anyone would steal her brother’s brand new bike. So now Cody has to get back the bike, figure out a way to patch the hole in her heart after giving Gremlin away, and get the spot of grape jelly off Arctic Fox. How is she ever going to do it all?
This is an amazing, wondrous story. This friendly book will be great for emergent readers, with its short chapters and not-too-small print. However, do not assume it is boring for older readers as it is very entertaining for all. The characters deal with realistic problems in believable settings. Friendship, honesty, and pizza – these all come up in this cute, funny book.
Tricia Springstubb, Eliza Wheeler