Melanie Martin Goes Dutch- Book Reveiw by Alyssa Van Wagner

          This cute story is narrated by the main character and is in the form of a personal diary. This is just a fun read kind of book. Melanie Martin of course is the main character whose family travels to Amsterdam on a study of art. 

          Melanie’s mother is an artist, and has been chosen to make the trip. She invites her whole family and they end up on a journey that takes them all around and sh0ws them incredible things that Amsterdam has to offer.

          Melanie’s best friend Cecily is invited to go on the trip with Melanie’s family. This whole trip is to take place over the summer.

          Through the duration of the vacation, Cecily’s mother is getting surgery done because she has cancer. This causes Cecily to feel somewhat sad during a lot of the trip. Cecily and Melanie go on an adventure of a lifetime. Many things happen, including their luggage being lost. This causes them to have to wear the same thing pretty much everyday until they get their luggage back. They do go out and buy a few clean outfits for them to wear while their luggage is being located. They have a good first few days none the less.

          The story line of this book is creative. It’s something I have never read before. I like the thought of a book coming directly from the main character’s point of view through a diary. Like I said before, it’s a good story line, however I think it can be improved. I think the book would be much more enjoyable for me if the main character were a teenager. Simply the thought of a teenager being forcibly stuck with their family for a long time over the summer in a foreign country, is more relatable for me. I’m certain many younger children will love this book. On that note, this is not a perfect read for a youth of my age.

           This enjoyable little tale is a good time passer and is quite funny in some parts. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate this book, written by Carol Weston, as an eight. It is cute and pleasing, but it may be under level for anyone under, say, 7th grade. It is though for kids who can read thick books. This book is 233 pages full of foreign adventure (in a country other than the United States of America.)

           This book definitely an easy read and I feel it was a bit under my level. However, it is interesting enough to get you into the story and not want to put it down. Honestly, this book can be a good way for adults to see the world the way a child does.

            If I had to rate this book on a scale from one to ten, I would give it a seven. It’s interesting enough and very creative while also teaching a bit of history and art, and even art history.


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