Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Andy Shane is NOT in Love

Andy Shane is NOT in Love

Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Illustrator:  Abby Carter 
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Candlewick, 2009   ISBN: 978-0763644031

A new girl, Lark, has come to Andy Shane’s class, and Andy has been given the job of helping Lark get acquainted with her new class. When he is asked to come forward to meet Lark, poor Andy begins to blush, but be manages to show Lark where to sit for the morning meeting, where to find the math supplies, and where the sharpener is.

  Later, in the playground Lark joins Andy in the hole he digs in a snowbank. Lark tells Andy that her dog has just had four puppies and Andy tells her how much he wants a dog of his own. When the two go back into the school building the older children tease Lark and Andy, singing the K-I-S-S-I-N-G in the tree song, which is very embarrassing. This does not stop Andy from giving Lark his phone number. He likes her, and she has dogs at her house, so he wants to be friends. Unfortunately the way Andy and Lark are behaving gives Delores the wrong idea, and their new friendship also makes her feel very left out and hurt. It never occurs to her that she might be getting the wrong end of the stick.

   In this gently amusing and sensitively written story, the author explores the nature of friendship and shows her readers how unwise it is to make assumptions when one does not know all the facts.

    This is one of the titles in a series of books about Andy Shane and his true-to-life adventures.