But when Dessert takes things a little too far, she's choc-full of regret and has no idea how to get herself back in good graces with her family. Dessert First is a sweet story about a girl with a massive sweet tooth, sharp wits, and perhaps a little too much ambition. Dessert's lack of self-control leads to some bad decisio Dessert Schneider's new teacher encourages students to march to the beat of their own drum. Dessert's lack of self-control leads to some bad decisions that will have young readers cringing, but realistic consequences and wise council from Dessert's teacher give balance and sufficient takeaways for me to feel safe recommending Dessert First to readers, especially fans of Junie B.
I really enjoyed Dessert First , and would look for the next book in the series. I need more of Mrs. Mar 19, Emma Miss Print rated it liked it Shelves: Dessert Schneider doesn't know what to think on the first day of third grade when her teacher introduces herself as Mrs. Howdy Doody and starts marching around in fluffy white slippers. Howdy Doody tells the class that they should all find their own personal style and march to their very own drummers. And Dessert kind of likes that idea because it means she might have a chance to eat dessert first before dinner once in a while--if she marches just right.
Dessert comes from a famil Dessert Schneider doesn't know what to think on the first day of third grade when her teacher introduces herself as Mrs. Dessert comes from a family of foodies. Her younger sister Charlie and brothers Wolfie and Mushy all love food. And her parents own Fondue Paris, a very cool restaurant specializing in all things fondue. Coming from this background, it is no surpise that Dessert signs her name with a Maraschino cherry anymore than she believes that cherry is all you need in life, along with something to put the cherry on of course.
The problem with belonging to a food family, though, is that sometimes food--especially sweet chocolately foods--can be really distracting. When Dessert discovers an off limit box of special Double-Decker Bars at home, she knows she has to try just one. At least, it was supposed to be just one. Sometimes, without Dessert meaning to, things get out of hand because she spends too much time getting into trouble and not enough time thinking about how to avoid it.
While not as good as the first Clementine book possibly because it's just plain shorter , I saw a lot of similarities between the two books. Dessert is a really likable eight-year-old with a fascinating family. The illustrations add a lot to the story as well. Sometimes I find myself dissappointed, after seeing the colorful cover, to discover that a book has black-and-white illustrations but Davenier's are done with thick lines and bold geometric patterns mostly on Dessert's dresses that really make them work.
That said, some aspects of the plot did bother me. I was never a eat-dessert-first kind of kid so I found Dessert's singular interest in the matter to be. An eight-year-old sneaking not one but twelve brownies without anyone noticing was also interesting. It set up a chance to learn an important lesson, but it was also just strange because Dessert didn't seem to have any self control. I get it in terms of the story but I wonder if it could happen in the real world. Finally, I had issues with the Doody Drive at the end of the story where all of the elementary school is asked to give up something they love for two weeks to pledge money to build a tree house.
It just seemed bizarre and not entirely appropriate for a grade school to me. Maybe that's just me. Weird bits aside, I see big things in Dessert's future and hope that Dessert First leads to bigger and better installments about the Schneider family. Sep 01, Katie Fitzgerald rated it liked it Shelves: Dessert loves dessert, especially chocolate, and thanks to Mrs. She sneaks one bite, which leads to another, and another, until all the bars are gone!
Dessert feels extremely guilty, but even with Mrs. This quirky series has been a favorite of mine for a while now, and I was disappointed when I learned that No Room for Dessert was to be the last story about Dessert. I had missed this first book, though, since none of my usual libraries have owned a copy until now, so it was a treat to see this one come across my desk and to enjoy one more adventure with these fun characters. I enjoyed this book mostly because it gave me the backstory for the later two stories. I got a chance to see a more human and less cartoonish side of the offbeat Mrs.
This book was solid, but each one in the series is better than the next. Dec 01, Winter Weiss rated it liked it. After meeting her eccentric 3rd grade teacher, who encourages her students to march to the beat of their own drum, she start advocating for eating dessert before dinner.
But can she succeed? Dessert First is a quick and easy read following 8-year old Dessert as she begins the third grade and tries to help her parents with her three younger siblings.
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The family owns a fondue restaurant and the food descriptions in the story are good enough to make anyone hungry. The characters are well developed and the reader is able to get a clear picture of the characters in their mind without the illustrations. It is certainly easy to picture an eccentric third grade teacher, a precocious 8 year-old, a 4 year-old with constant temper tantrums, a pair of rambunctious toddlers and a pair of overworked parents.
While the illustrations are well done and depict what is happening at certain points of the story, Durand describes the elements very well, giving the reader a picture in their mind of what is happening, making the need for the illustrations not as important. There is some confusion about the character of Amy D. She only appears a few times in the story and she is mean to Dessert but the reader has no idea of why that is.
Children will identify with Dessert wanting to eat dessert before dinner and wondering how to own up to her mistakes. Aug 17, She Reads rated it it was amazing. This was such a good book--I don't think you could want for a more perfect bed-time story. It has an entrepreneur family who own a cool fondue restaurant--I like that it is something different , a innovative teacher who is just what a teacher should be, an awesome fundraiser idea the kids sign a pledge to give up something they like--i.
I kept thinking, "This was so me as a kid! Well written and easy to read, I love the unique and fresh offbeat details and twists Dessert's name, her French grandma, her family's restaurant, eating dessert first as a family, her relationship with her dog, how she feels her mom always cooks the nicest treats for other people, etc. I kept trying to find the recipe in the book's pages, but it is only on the back cover. The illustrations are pleasant as well.
I also love how Dessert figures out how to get what she wants and to fix her mistakes. I highly recommend this book! Jun 11, Kristen rated it it was ok Shelves: This is a mixed review for me. Dessert is a sweet little girl, and all the food descriptions give this story a huge yum factor, but two things struck me as odd. Now, where I come from, Double-Ds is a term for something totally different, and I found myself giggling inappropriately every time Dessert said it. I'm sure no 8-year old would get that reference, unless they are a fan of rap or lingerie, in which case they probably wouldn't read this book.
Howdy Doody, the very cool teacher who encourages kids to march to the beat of their own drum, tells the kids they can raise money to build a tree house by sacrificing something they love for two weeks. Is this meant to teach self-control? Just felt too Lent-y to me.
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Feb 10, Terri rated it liked it Shelves: This book is a great book for little girls around nine or ten years old. It is an easy to read book at about pages it is not overwhelming. Dessert is a little girl who can't help but absolutely love dessert. Her parents own a French restaurant which features fondue. In the middle of the restaurant is a huge dessert Eiffel tower, any child's dream. Howdy Doody, very similar to Ms. Frizzle in the Magic School Bus, is Dessert's third grade teacher and she has a contract that she wants all th This book is a great book for little girls around nine or ten years old.
Frizzle in the Magic School Bus, is Dessert's third grade teacher and she has a contract that she wants all the students to fulfill: Give something up for two weeks and have people pledge money if you succeed. What to give up?
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Dessert is very similar to Eloise and the layout of the book is as well. The smaller writing when Dessert is muttering to herself and the large print when she's yelling. The illustrations are also reminiscent of Eloise, clever and detailed with lots of expression. So there you go, Eloise meets Ms. Frizzle and the fun begins! Nov 11, Sandra Stiles rated it really liked it Shelves: It was a simple book about a girl entering third grade where she meets her eccentric teacher Mrs. Howdy Doody teachers her students that they need to march to their own drum. She is heading a fund raiser to build a tree house at the school.
Students are asked to give up something for two weeks and find people to sponsor them. Dessert's parents own a Fondue Restaurant and have enough children to keep them busy. Dessert decides they should eat dessert first because she is marchin It was a simple book about a girl entering third grade where she meets her eccentric teacher Mrs. Dessert decides they should eat dessert first because she is marching to her own drum and the parents disagree. She finally convinces them to eat dessert first and they find that dinner time is more peaceful. When her mother makes a delicious treat for a special occassion Dessert eats it.
She finds a creative way to fix the situation, keep her pledge of giving up what is most precious for two weeks. Nov 03, Jill rated it really liked it Shelves: I thought this was a great book for those precocious little girls who love to read about other precocious little girls! I didn't like it as much as Clementine, but I think those books are for a little older reader and thus can be fleshed out a tad more. I think that the target age group for this book will love it. My favorite character was Dessert's teacher, Mrs. How lucky she is to have such a wonderful adult in her life.
Kids will relate to Dessert wanting to eat dessert first as I thought this was a great book for those precocious little girls who love to read about other precocious little girls! Kids will relate to Dessert wanting to eat dessert first as well as her inability to resist the Double Decker Chocolate Bars--eating them all and ruining a special surprise for her family. They will also understand the lesson that when you do something wrong, you have to find a way to fix it and forgiveness is almost as sweet as dessert.
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I look forward to more of these and am glad to have another book in this genre for those girls who just gobble them up! Oct 29, Marissa Noffs rated it liked it Shelves: In this book a little girl, Dessert, has a new teacher that has a motto. Howdy Doody encourages all of the students to "March to the beat of their own drummer". This sparks an idea in Dessert. Desserts family owns a fondue restraint and she loves dessert and doesn't see why it can not be eaten first.
She tries to convince her mom that it would be beneficial to the family if they eat dessert first. I thought this story was cute, but I do not think it sends kids the best message. Dessert's pa In this book a little girl, Dessert, has a new teacher that has a motto. Dessert's parents give into her and let her eat dessert first and I do not think that is a good lesson to teach. I would not recommend this as a read aloud but I may have it on a shelf in the class. I would recommend this for fourth grade.
Mar 29, Abby Johnson rated it liked it Shelves: Dessert Schneider marches to the beat of her own drummer, whether it's bribing her younger sister to clean her room or convincing her family that they should start serving dessert first. But when she spoils a special surprise, she'll have to figure out a way to make it up to her family. Dessert's got an interesting family and a super third-grade teacher, although I wish we got more details about the background characters. Her nemesis, Amy D. Still, the imperfect, spunky Dessert will appeal to fans of Moxy Maxwell and Clementine and the descriptions of food seem to melt in your mouth.
Full review on my blog: Sep 25, Jackie rated it liked it Shelves: This eight-year-old cannot resist the temptation of this sweet ending, especially when it is chocolate, like her grandmother's Double-Decker Chocolate Bars. When her mother bakes a batch, Dessert is strictly forbidden from tasting them. They are for a special occasion! She ate them all. Now, she is painfully tummy trouble-ly sorry.
How can she possibly make it up to the family? When her teacher, Mrs. Ho Dessert Schneider loves Howdy-Doody, suggests they give something up for two weeks for a special fund-raising event, Dessert is coerced into giving up the one thing she lives for Can she do it? Can she make it two weeks? Dessert is full of temptation, but also full of ways to give up and save.
Dec 29, H rated it liked it. Dessert Schneider lives in New York, is in 3rd grade, and is the eldest child in a loud, active family that owns a fondue restaurant. Trouble starts when Dessert gobbles up a special treat and has to make it right with her family. This debut book reminded me a bit of Clementine, but Dessert isn't quite as charming as that 3rd grader. However, I liked this book for its slim, easy to follow plot, a character who is instantly relatable for just about any girl the same age, and the fantasy element f Dessert Schneider lives in New York, is in 3rd grade, and is the eldest child in a loud, active family that owns a fondue restaurant.
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Dessert First by Hallie Durand