The Staircase on Pine Street, my middle grade chapter book about Alzheimer’s disease, has gotten great reviews since it was published. Recently, The US Review of Books rated it RECOMMENDED and wrote a wonderful note about it. (Read it here)
But the Best-of-the-Best review didn’t come from a critic or avid reviewer. It actually came from my 9-year-old, third-grader son. And what could be more exciting than watching your own flesh-and-blood glued to your book, living each moment of it? Nothing, except him asking if he could review it. I said YES! So here it goes:
“The Staircase on Pine Street by Mariana Llanos is very fun and a little bit sad. Most of the book is about a girl who wants to find a treasure for her grandpa. This book is very short and fun; it will teach you more about the Alzheimer’s disease. My favorite part is where the main character, Lilly, pretends to have an asthma attack just to get in to her grandpa’s old house. That was funny. Lilly has a friend named Mei Ling. She is a semi important character and I like her because she’s a good friend. Lilly’s mom is also a semi important character but she appears more than Mei Ling. The second main character is Grandpa Leo who has the Alzheimer’s disease. The relationship between Grandpa Leo and Lilly is very sweet, they are very close. It seems like Lilly sees him almost every day. I’d recommend this book to any kid who is looking for a fiction book that teaches you more about Alzheimer’s disease, and at the same time is heartbreaking and entertaining.”
Did I help him organize his ideas. Of course! But the words are his, and it makes me so incredibly proud. Isn’t this the best review ever?