If you find yourself missing the excitement of Valentine’s Day, as well as the mini messages printed onto candy hearts, then Jacqueline Davies’ “Candy Smash” is just the book for you. In traditional Davies style, we meet up with brother and sister duo, Evan and Jessie Treski, where a mystery needs to be solved and the concept of privacy is questioned. Why does Evan all of a sudden have a Locked sign on his door? What does Jessie know about the heart scratched into the stall of the girls’ bathroom?
When Mrs. Overton, their teacher, introduces Poem of the Day, Evan is moved deeply by how the words tumble into one another, while Jessie finds it messy and unstructured. Showing how to build a poem via Evan’s newfound love, readers can try to write their own. Davies has laid out the “how” making this a DIY project for students, teachers, and anyone else who wants to try writing poetry.
With each chapter noted with a word and its definition, readers are introduced to parts of speech, as well as journalism references (think snooping or breaking news). With this fourth installment of the Lemonade War series, readers will learn something new, not to mention learn a bit more about poems, poets, and poetry.