What do you do when your absolute best friend in the entire world can't make friends with a four year old? Also, add to the equation that this four year old is "practice" for your best friend, who will soon be a big sister for the very first time! Not to mention, it just happens that the terrible little four year old, Lily, happens to think you're the best thing since sliced bread. All of this and the other spectacular woes of being an eight year old with an incredible super power is exactly what is happening in Grace's life during Just Grace and the Terrible Tutu.

Being that this is the sixth installment of the Just Grace series you'd think I'd be completely lost having started so late into it. Well, you'd be absolutely wrong. Although, you'd be right about something...I definitely want to go back and read the other five books in the series because I loved this one so much! Grace, not "Just" Grace, is hilarious. Charise Mericle Harper is incredible at writing about this age group, which in my opinion would seem rather difficult, but she's gets everything just right. From Grace's silly thought process to the way little girls, especially the oldest in the family, interact with everyone by feeling it's their obligation to make everything better. It's a riot to read as an adult and early chapter book readers will no doubt be able to relate to Grace's life.

Not only is Just Grace and the Terrible Tutu funny and enjoyable to read, it also tackles some difficult issues. More families than ever are adopting children and as an older sibling it's bound to be a tricky situation for parents to navigate without having feelings hurt on all sides. Grace's best friend Mimi will soon become a big sister by way of adoption and though she's extremely excited there are obvious apprehensions she has about the new unknown relationship. Through Grace and her "empathy powers" she's able to bring Mimi closer to Lily, giving her hope for her own future "big sister" responsibilities. Older children welcoming new siblings into their home will no doubt relate to Mimi, but they'll also find comfort in the outcome of the book.

Just Grace and the Terrible Tutu is a book that will have adults reliving their childhood with fondness and young readers devouring every bit of Grace's resemblance to many of their own experiences. A quick and often funny read, this is a story that also provides readers with a since of comfort and hope in the face of a sometimes difficult situation. Without a doubt I'd recommend the Just Grace series to young and old readers alike, and it would be especially beneficial if read together!

Originally reviewed & copyrighted on my site, There's A Book.