Too Clever IV – Jeanie’s Most Prized Possession by Julia E. Antoine


Today Susanna Leonard Hill is hosting her annual Halloweensie writing contest over at her blog. I was going to enter it, but I didn’t get it done in time 🙁 BUT, if you want to get into the Halloween SPIRIT (get it…spirit), FLOAT on over to her blog to check out some of the entries (click HERE).

Because of Sandy our school cancelled Halloween but Josie and I are still celebrating!

Hope you get Treats and not Tricks!

Now on to today’s review!

Too Clever IV – Jeanie’s Most Prized Possession

By Julia E.  Antoine

118 pages – ages 8+

Published by ENVISION Business & Computer School Publishing on December 22, 2011

Jeanie wanted her very own violin for her birthday, but her mom could not afford to get her such an expensive gift. Jeanie saw a writing contest that offered a $10,000 prize to the person with the best essay about their “most prized possession”. Jeanie looked around her small room and thought that she really didn’t have a prized possession. In fact, she really didn’t like her room and wanted a total make-over of it. One of Jeanie’s classmates gives her the idea to write about the violin she does not have yet. Jeanie likes the idea and tries her best at the essay contest. Jeanie is hoping that her eleventh birthday will be her best.

Too Clever IV – Jeanie’s Most Prized Possession is the fourth book in Julia Antoine’s “Too Clever” series. I really like books about believing in yourself and working to get to your goals.  The plot of this book has that message but it gets lost. Jeanie wins the contest halfway into the book and then in the rest of the story, Jeanie and her mom end up spending the money on a bunch of things  in addition to the violin. They do have a budget they stick to but, to me, it seemed that Jeanie was happy just because she is able to buy stuff not because she reached her goal of the violin. The story was written well and it is totally appropriate for kids. The story just didn’t work for me and it doesn’t mean that other people wouldn’t love the story. Jeanie and her mom are nice characters and they have a good relationship. I think they are the characters in the other Too Clever books too, and I think they would be worth reading about in those books. The illustrations in the books are real pictures of real people and that was interesting.

Two out of five bookworms for Too Clever IV Jeanie’s Most Prized Possession

**Note I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


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29 replies

  1. Happy Halloween to you and Josie. Sorry Sandy put dent in certain plans so I hope you have a wonderful day.

    Thanks for the honest review as well.

  2. I hope you have a Happy Halloween despite the weather. I’ll take Iron Man and Captain Rex out tonight.

  3. Happy Halloween. Sorry the storm spoiled your plans. Great costumes! My son is an iguana. I’m guessing he can’t wait until he gets to pick out his own costume. Nice review. It sounds like an interesting story. I especially appreciate your honest reviews. I always know I can count on your reviews and it’s true – it might be better for someone else, so thanks for sharing.

  4. You both look great. I hope you have fun celebrating Halloween at home. Great you are safe too. Happy Halloween!

  5. I just love violins. I like the sound. I like that they’re an instrument with a long history (imagine that). I’ve always wished I had learned to play one. Maybe someday. That is enough to intrigue me on this book. I appreciate your opinion and the respect you always convey. I think I just might try this one.

    You guys look great! Too bad about your school’s Halloween. Is your town still celebrating? Frankenstorm was still mighty blustery even all the way into Michigan!

  6. Glad to hear you’re all safe and I hope your school/town just delayed the festivities!

  7. Love your costumes and wishing you guys a great Halloween celebration. Love the honesty of your review, as always, Erik, and this one actually does make me want to have a look at the other titles in the series.

  8. Great costumes! Love the hook :).

    Sorry your school had to cancel Halloween, but glad you and Josie will be celebrating anyway. Beware floating heads and green monsters . . .

  9. Happy Halloween, Erik! Sorry you had school and no celebration – what’s with that? 🙂 Thanks for the shout out about the contest, and for your honest review of this book. You are so right – what works for one person doesn’t always work for another, but that’s why it’s great there are so many books! 🙂 Hope you got to go trick-or-treating! 🙂

  10. Happy Halloween! Great costumes and I am sorry to hear that your school cancelled Halloween. This series sounds really good. I haven’t read any of them yet- but you made me interested!

  11. Love your costumes and glad you got to dress up anyway. Did your mom make them? I was Jane Austen, an English author who wrote books 200 years ago. I love Halloween and dressing up.

  12. I’m late reading this one, Erik, but I like your honesty. That’s so important. You also don’t bash books or authors, even if the book “doesn’t work” for you, but you are mature enough to realize it may be just right for someone else. I hope one day I will have a book for you to review. 🙂 I also hope you’ll like it, but even if you don’t I know you will be kind. 🙂

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