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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite
Monday Morning March with Rainey Estelle is written and illustrated by Michael Verrett. Rainey Estelle is a strong-willed young lady who loves to march. It’s the fourth of July, which to her is the best day of all to march to the park. She and her dog Scamp meet an old man named Igor who is selling Nice Cream along the way. All the kids in the neighborhood follow behind Rainey, intent on joining her in her march to the park. The Baron and his wife Jakaterina are giving free Nice Cream to all the children as they enter the park but Rainey refuses. Why were Igor, The Baron, and Jakaterina giving away all that Nice Cream? What nasty plan could they possibly have? Can anyone stop them before the kids eat the Nice Cream and become personal servants to Jakaterina, her husband and Igor?
I love how Michael Verrett's Monday Morning March with Rainey Estelle has a plot that is filled with lessons about not talking to strangers and having a mind of your own. The characters are well defined with individual behaviors that kids can easily understand and enjoy. The illustrations Verret created are beautifully done and enable the reader to enjoy the story through imagery as well as the words. I recommend Monday Morning March with Rainey Estelle to anyone with children who like to read stories that have educational messages, unique personalities and a fun mystery all spun together into an entertaining story. This story is a great read for any kid!