I received this book at no cost from the publisherMindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business by Lyla Lee, Dung Ho
Published by Aladdin on January 14, 2020
Genres: Dogs, Early Reader, Family, Friendship, Humorous Stories, Middle Grade
Fresh Off the Boat meets Junie B. Jones in this first novel in an adorable new chapter book series about Mindy Kim, a young Asian American girl who is starting a snack business!
Mindy Kim just wants three things:
1. A puppy!
2. To fit in at her new school
3. For her dad to be happy again
But, getting all three of the things on her list is a lot trickier than she thought it would be. On her first day of school, Mindy’s school snack of dried seaweed isn’t exactly popular at the lunch table. Luckily, her new friend, Sally, makes the snacks seem totally delicious to Mindy’s new classmates, so they decide to start the Yummy Seaweed Business to try and raise money for that puppy!
When another student decides to try and sabotage their business, Mindy loses more than she bargained for—and wonders if she’ll ever fit in. Will Mindy be able to overcome her uncertainty and find the courage to be herself?
Lyla Lee is the author of the Mindy Kim series as well as the upcoming YA novel, I’ll Be The One. Although she was born in a small town in South Korea, she’s since then lived in various parts of the United States, including California, Florida, and Texas. Inspired by her English teacher, she started writing her own stories in fourth grade and finished her first novel at the age of fourteen. After working various jobs in Hollywood and studying Psychology and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, she now lives in Dallas, Texas. When she is not writing, she is teaching kids, petting cute dogs, and searching for the perfect bowl of shaved ice. She is represented by Penny Moore of Aevitas Creative.
Mindy Kim has just lost her mother, moved halfway around the world (not really but Florida is a world away from California) and really, really wants a puppy. Her father does his best at being both a mother and a father but he is also coping with the move and the loss of his wife. This book packs in a lot of emotions in a few short pages. Mindy no longer has anyone who looks like her at the new school and she wonders how she will ever fit in but, wow, is she a fighter. At just 7 years old she has figured out how to make new friends, create enemies and find that perfect puppy. Well, she doesn’t quite get the puppy in this adorable little chapter book, but she has plans!
This story really pulls you in quickly and makes you feel good about a bad situation. Although Mindy ends up in a bit of hot water at school, she bravely takes responsibility and learns from her mistake. I also agree that she needs a puppy though and she is going about that dream in a good way. I love how easily everything flowed and this is a wonderful start to a series that I can wait to recommend to other children just starting on chapter books. I know it is going to be a huge hit. It reminded me a bit of the Cupcake Club series by Carrie and Sheryl Berk.
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