Marty McGuire is a third grade student who loves everything about the outdoors and nothing about fancy dresses. She’d rather be caught with mud than wearing a frilly dress or dancing. Third grade started terrible, since her best friend was stolen from Veronica Grace Smithers who now controls recess. Things turn even worse when her teacher casts her to be the princess in the class play, The Princess and the Frog. Marty wants nothing to do with being a princess, but her teacher says that she has confidence and is perfect for the play. Marty has trouble being frightened by a toy frog, since she’d rather capture real frogs. She plots a plan with a classmate to make the play more memorable.
I thought Marty McGuire was a cute book about the importance of being yourself, but also learning how to handle moments when you don’t want to do something or don’t think you’re the best person for the job. Marty often has personal struggles, since she wants to call people names who upset her, but she never does because she’s not allowed to. Marty handles the situation without getting too upset while still being herself. The book is sometimes predictable, but I’m sure young readers will enjoy Marty’s humorous situations. A second book, Marty McGuire Digs Worms, releases February 1, 2012.