Dessert first / Hallie Durand ; illustrations by Christine Davenier.

Third-grader Dessert's love of treats leads to a change in her large family's dinner routine, then an awful mistake, and later a true sacrifice after her teacher, Mrs. Howdy Doody, urges students to march to the beat of their own drums.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Durand, Hallie.
Other Authors: Davenier, Christine, (Illustrator)
Format: Book
Published: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009.
Edition:1st ed.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

As might be expected from her name alone, Dessert, the spunky narrator of this refreshing debut, takes to heart her third-grade teacher's advice to march to one's own drummer. First on Dessert's agenda: getting to eat dessert before dinner ("Mummy and Daddy, in a perfect world, dessert comes before supper. My body is calling for dessert first"). Durand displays a knack for comedic timing in a sequence in which Dessert discovers a box of Double-Decker Chocolate Bars and, despite her mother's warnings ("Stay away from the Double-Ds"), she samples (and finishes) the treats over several visits to the fridge. Her voice rings as true in somber moments. After a climactic scene in which the empty box is discovered (with much howling by both mother and daughter), a remorseful Dessert asks her teacher, Mrs. Howdy Doody, how she can make amends. When the teacher responds, "Try to think like you usually do," Dessert laments, "That's how I got into trouble." Davenier's (the Iris and Walter series) humorous b&w pictures ably convey this endearing heroine's mercurial moods. Readers will be left craving a second helping. Ages 7-10. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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