Author: Kate Willis
My Rating: ★★★★★
Summary from Goodreads:
Rule one: Keep your hands clean.
Rule two: Careful with the food trays.
Rule three: Visit the soda fountain as often as you like, but don’t make yourself sick.
Rule four: Enjoy the poodle skirt.
Canary is excited to spend a whole week helping her newlywed aunt and uncle run a 50’s diner along with her older siblings Rose and Michael. Even the rules for working there are fun!
But when a routine cleanup presents a mysterious, hand-drawn map, her vacation gets even more exciting than a banana split with hot fudge sauce. And that’s saying a lot!
What a sweet book! I loved every word of it. It was so creatively done! Though I think it definitely could have gone on longer, I also thought it wasn’t a bad length by any stretch. I read it in one sitting, and was swept away by the absolute sweetness. Though intended for middle-grade readers, I could easily see younger (and older!) readers just inhaling this as well. What’s there not to like? The 1950’s theme, the lovable—but realistic—characters, the lighthearted mystery, the subtle Christian tie-in in the end...
Genuinely written and creatively told, Enjoy the Poodle Skirt is a darling read for anyone and everyone. Kate Willis’s tangible writing style bled through every passage and I was immediately drawn in. (Also the names were awesome—Canary especially!) Despite its shortness, she still managed to develop the characters and the setting incredibly well—preparing the scene for the lighthearted mystery which, while not heavy or too suspenseful, added a fun tone to the story. Overall, it was short, sweet, and full of fun and ice cream!
Highly recommended!! I loved every word <3