Oh Susannah

It's in the Bag

Children - Grade 4th-6th
46 Pages
Reviewed on 06/05/2017
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Author Biography

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children's books. Whether it's pirates, princesses, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children. She hosts two blog radio programs and is one of the founders of a new magazine, Indie Author's Monthly. She's been interviewed twice by Forbes Magazine. Carole has co-authored a self-help book, Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. Oh Susannah is her first Early Reader Chapter book series. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.

Her series includes:
Captain No Beard
If You Were Me and Lived in- Cultural
If You Were Me and Lived in- Historical
Nursery series
Oh Susannah- Early Reader
Navigating Indieworld- with co-author Julie A. Gerber
Indieworld Marketing- with co-authors Angela Hausman and Julie A. Gerber

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite

We all need help and at times we all experience that overwhelming feeling. Susannah Logan felt exactly this way in Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag by Carole P Roman. Oh Susannah is a children’s chapter book about how what may seem to be hopeless can be accomplished by taking it one step at a time. Susannah Logan is a little girl who felt so overwhelmed that she couldn't make a decision about anything, so she decided to bury it all in her backpack. With her unfinished homework; the folders; the sleepover invitation from her friend, Lola; the math pop quiz that she failed which must be signed off by her parents; the exercise pamphlet that must be read with her parents because she forgot her sneakers for gym; the two books she chose about dogs, one of which she must decide on for her book report, and a rotten banana ... all stuffed into her backpack so that it eventually burst. Susannah just felt hopeless. Children will learn how to navigate through these challenges and discover what it takes to overcome indecision.

I enjoyed Oh Susannah because children need to learn early on not only about making decisions, but about what it means to take a breath, exhale and tackle life one step at a time. Carole P Roman displayed this cleverly in Oh Susannah. Time management is a task that can take on a character all of its own if it's not handled properly. This is a part of child development and what turns us into accountable, responsibility and productive adults. With help, Susannah was able to learn how to effectively tackle this challenge and come out of it victorious.

Mamta Madhavan

Oh Susannah: It’s In The Bag by Carole P. Roman is the adorable story of Susannah, a third grade student who lives with her parents. Susannah Logan is struggling with her math homework and she can hear the old clock ticking. Her mother’s eyes are always on the clock, and that day Susannah has a feeling that her homework is going to decide how her day is going to be. Her backpack is not that heavy when she is leaving for school. She gets an invitation to go to Lola’s place for a sleepover and Susannah is not excited at all. Now she has a lot of things to do - there was yesterday’s homework, the invitation, the math test, the pamphlet, more homework, and now she has to choose a book. Will she be able to get over her bad day?

I like the concept and the message conveyed by the author through the story. What Susannah faces can be understood by many children and her problems are real and relatable. The story tells children that there is nothing wrong in asking for help if they feel their problems are growing. I also like the way the author puts it across to young readers. The author, Carole P. Roman, is one of the finest authors of children’s storybooks and what makes her stories special is that they have something to teach young readers. It is a good book for bedtime and classroom storytelling because of the concept and the message.