I love this cover, which is just one of many wonderful middle grade covers that have been appearing lately. So much better than the severed heads and badly photoshopped models that YA covers have been suffering from. I love a book cover that tells you about the book you’re about to read. The anxious expression on the girl’s face is perfect, and the perspective of peering out from the bread box is intriguing and hints at the slightly strange, magical realism of the story.
Laurel Snyder’s books are a joy to read. Snyder’s writing is clean, crisp, and entirely in service of the story; I never feel like the story has wandered off topic or led me astray as a reader. Her characters are consistently real without being boring, and the interplay of family dynamics in this story especially ring true.
You could hand this book to kids who enjoy gentle fantasy, or to parents who are seeking a read-aloud with a character building message. You could also tuck it inside a vintage bread box for a unique gift this holiday season.