Monday 21 March 2022

If the Shoe Fits - Sarah Mlynowski - Whatever After Book 2

If the Shoe Fits
Whatever After Book 2
Sarah Mlynowski
eISBN 9780545510356

About 6 years ago I read a few of these stories with my oldest. Now my youngest is reading them to me, and he sister has handed down the first several stories in the series. For some reason when we read this in 2016 we never got around to writing a review for it. But my youngest insists we review everything we read, so this review from 2022 is part of that effort. Between reading with my oldest and youngest this is the ninth time I have read a book in this series. The stories have great staying power. Even as an adult I can enjoy these books, not only the first time but rereading them again and again.

Mlynowski does an excellent job with this book and the series. My oldest was a reluctant reader. Back then when we read, I would read two pages for every page she read to me. Later she a few of the books in the series to her aunt and gram on a road trip. The whole family loves these stories from 8-year old’s to 79 year old’s. It is a wonderful series. 

Both my daughters and I give this story a solid 4/5 stars. We enoy the twists on the old tale. We appreciated that Abby learned a lesson about judging and realizes than many of her first assumptions were wrong. My daughters realized that things are not as they appear. We need to figure out why people are doing what they are doing. Especially if it seems weird, rude or strange. And to make sure that our own reactions are not worse than what is being done to us. 

The story is another excellent take on a familiar tale. They loved that Cinderlla needs to learn to stand on her own two feet. She needs to help helself before she gets help again from Faith God Mother.

The writings in these stories is excellent. My daughters and I love reading them together. And the retelling of this story is full of surprises. It is an great book in an excellent series.

Books by Sarah Mlynowski:
Magic in Manhattan Series:

Bras & Broomsticks
Frogs & French Kisses
Spells & Sleeping Bags
Parties & Potions

Whatever After Special Editions:
Abby in Wonderland
Abby in Oz

Upside-Down Magic Series:
Upside-Down Magic #1
Sticks and Stones #2
Showing Off #3

Other Books by Sarah:
Monkey Business
As Seen on TV
Me Vs. Me
Gimme a Call
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)
Don't Even Think About It
Think Twice
Know It All
A Nice Fling is Hard to Find
A Little Bit Broken
Party Girls
The Two-Month Itch

Books Coauthored:
See Jane Write (with Farrin Jacobs)
How to Be Bad (with E. Lockhart and Lauren Myracle)

Books Contributed To:
Girls' Night In
Girls Night Out
American Girls About Town
Vacations from Hell


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