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Monday, April 16, 2018

Mr. Gedrick and Me by Patrick Carman

Mr. Gedrick and MeIt is less than six months after his father's death and Stanley's family isn't doing so well.  His siblings, Fergus and Amelia, are lost in their own grief and barely speak to each other.  Mom is trying to juggle work and taking care of the kids, but unfortunately she is struggling with balancing all of it.  Stanley's dad was a stay-at-home dad and also the glue that held the family together.  Stanley tries to be that glue but he is the youngest and often feels alone and invisible to his family.  That is until Mr. Gedrick comes into their lives through an online Nanny app. As soon as Mr. Gedrick arrives, things start to change.  With a "pinch and a twist," he gets the house back in running order and eventually the family too.

Mr. Gedrick definitely reminds me of Mary Poppins as he uses his magic to help the family realize they need to regain their strong family bond.  Just as with Poppins, when his work is done, he moves onto the next family who needs him.  A reader just can't help but cheer for Stanley and admire the love he has for his family in this heartwarming tale.



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