It’s Monday! What are you reading? – Lizzy Bennet’s Diary

Lizzy Bennet's Diary: Inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and PrejudiceTitle: Lizzy Bennet’s Diary
Author: Marcia Williams
Publication Date:April 22, 2014
Date Added to List:April 14, 2014

Synopsis: When Lizzy Bennet’s father gives her a diary, she fancies she will use it to write a novel, as her real life is exceedingly dull. Then the handsome Mr. Bingley moves to nearby Netherfield Park, and suddenly life is every bit as thrilling as a novel would be. Who will he dance with at the Meryton ball? Who is his haughty friend? Will Lizzy ever receive a marriage proposal? Readers will have to read her diary to find out! Marcia Williams offers a lively introduction to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in a highly illustrated scrapbook-diary format, featuring such novelties as foldout notes from sisters and suitors, an elegant bill of fare, and an invitation to the ball.

Review: After last week’s Goodreads Monday, I decided to check out the book and give it a try.  I enjoyed the book. I thought it was appropriate for the age group it was written for and a good book for those who aren’t quite ready for the actual text of Pride and Prejudice. The publisher recommends this book for children aged 8-12 and I do think that’s the perfect age range for this book, but I think anyone picking up this book would enjoy it.

This book would be great as a book to read along with your child.  There are hand written notes that you open up as if Lizzy has attached them to the pages of her diary.  The handwriting is mostly cursive and can be a bit challenging to read. The artwork wasn’t my favorite but might appeal to younger readers. 

I suggest picking up this book and giving it a quick flip through. It’s a great format for the age group and a retelling. 

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