Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book and School Library Journal all gave Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo a starred review. However, it didn’t receive 5 stars from me. I’ve been thinking about the book all weekend and why I didn’t give it five stars. After all, it met Judy Freeman’s criteria for a great book. It startled, surprised and satisfied. The climax of the story created an image I’ve been seeing all weekend.
But it still only gets 4 stars. Mainly, because ML has been raving about a different Kate DiCamillo book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, for months. I read it a few weeks ago. Then, asked her what she liked about it. She loved how it was happy, then sad, then happy, then sad. . . until the very happy ending. I’m not seeing ML being as enchanted with Raymie; but I should read it with her and see what she says. If she loves it, I’ll change it to five stars.
It will definitely be on every Mock Newbery list out there. If it wins, I wouldn’t be disappointed. And maybe after reading it with ML, it will be my choice.