Caterina and the Perfect Party by Erin Eitter Kono
Caterina is planning a party and she just knows that it is going to be perfect. She creates the most inviting invitations, cooks the most delicious food, and hangs the best decorations she can craft. Everything seems to be going perfectly, even with the twists thrown in by her little brother Leo. But when the day of the party arrives, so does a great big storm. Suddenly things are no longer perfect. Everything is drenched, there is mud and puddles everywhere, and nothing is going as planned. But one list does turn out to be the most important of all, her list of friends.
This is a cheery book that avoids being too sweet thanks to the character of the little brother and the interrupting storm. It is a book that will speak to children who enjoy having everything planned out and want things to be perfect. But it is also one that spontaneous children will feel very comfortable reading too. I particularly enjoyed that Caterina does all of the crafting and cooking herself. Even better, that is not the part that goes wrong as I initially thought it might.
Even though Caterina is a planner, she also has a spark of spontaneity to her that makes her much more relatable. The little issues her brother creates are incorporated into her final designs without much fuss. She also does not sulk at the end of the book about the failed plans, quickly adapting to the new party that is happening around her.
Cheerful and warm, this book would make a great pick for reading at any celebration or crafting program. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from copy received from Dial.