Title: Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Mateya Arkova
“Overwhelming means sometimes we have too much of something, and we fall behind in getting things done,” Susannah’s mother explains in Carole P. Roman’s children’s book, Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag.
~ What ~
First in the Oh Susannah series, this forty-four-page paperback targets early elementary school-aged children and readers who like short chapter story books. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words. Every two to four-page chapter has a small black and white illustration at its beginning.
In this charming short tale, Susannah has a lot on her mind when she does not complete a homework assignment and shoves it in her backpack that is added to throughout the school day. When a banana causes havoc in the bag, the third-grader must learn how to organize her priorities without feeling overwhelmed. With the help of her parents, she learns that everyone feels stress in accomplishing tasks, and by taking a breath and relaxing, the many projects may not feel so daunting.
~ Why ~
With this story being told in many short chapters, the book will engage young readers who can relate to day-to-day complications at home and school when there are too many tasks to do. I like how the parents interacted with Susannah and her response to overcome her issues. Having the chapters short and to the point will keep a new reader interested.
~ Why Not ~
The book contains many multi-syllable words so it may be hard for beginner readers to comprehend. Seasoned readers may wish the chapters were longer. Since the story does not answer all of Susannah’s challenges and is first in a series, it may frustrate some that they have to wait for the next book in the series.
~ Who ~
Award-winning author, Roman has written complete series for children of books based on countries, civilizations, and pirate genre as well as non-fiction for adults. She lives in New York with her husband and close to her children and grandchildren.
~ Wish ~
I wish the story was complete, but it forces the reader to anticipate the next book in the series. If four or five books were bundled in the complete series, it would be a nice box gift set for a young reader.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a short chapter book that is bound to have sequels and offer warranted lessons of life, this would be an excellent starter, especially for young girls who love to read.
Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.
GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.