Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways

Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways

Laura Mcgee Kvasnosky
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Candlewick Press, 2007   ISBN: 978-0763630614

Ivy and Zelda’s father has made cucumber sandwiches for lunch – again. Zelda has had enough and she has decided that the time has come to run away. So she packs her favorite things into a suitcase and with her sister Ivy following behind her with her suitcase in hand, Zelda walks out of the house.

The sisters make themselves comfortable in a secluded place behind a butterfly bush in the yard. From their spot they can see the house but they cannot be seen by their parents. Zelda is determined that their parents should be made to feel sorry for all the cucumber sandwiches that they made Ivy and Zelda eat over the years. Even when they start to feel hungry “We can’t give in” Zelda says. They have to “be tough” she adds.

The little foxes put on their PJs ,they play Go Fish, and they try to keep busy to while away the time. When they hear music drifting out of the windows of their home however, they give in, quickly packing their little suitcases and going back inside.

This is just one of three wonderful stories in this Ivy and Zelda chapter book. In the second story Ivy and Zelda decide to bury a time capsule. They have a hard time however when they realize that burying your most prized possessions might not be such a good idea. Finally, in the third story Ivy makes a secret concoction which she hopes will help her sister who is having difficulties writing a poem for their grandmother.