Most cupids have soft straight hair, rosy cheeks, and silky white wings. Not Willa Bean! She has a crazy mess of hair, a million-bajillion freckles, and bright purple wings with silver tips. And lately those bright purple wings with silver tips have been giving Willa Bean an awful lot of problems. They won't fly! Cupid Academy is starting soon, and what if she's the only cloudbound cupid there? Nope, nope, nopeity, nope. Willa Bean just has to make her wings behave!
Willa Bean's Cloud Dreams is an adorable chapter book for little girls in mid to late elementary school. Willa, our main cupid in training, just doesn't look like everyone else, which she seems to have no problems with. What she does have a problem with is the fact that her wings just won't listen to her and FLY!
I have not read Cecilia Galante's young adult titles, but after reading this book I intend to search them out. Her writing is engaging (not only for the intended age, but I enjoyed reading it also. Especially the character of Harper who often spouts out with "wizzle-dizzle-dodad", or "tooby-looby-skadooby" when she is surprised.) Her story line reminds the reader that we aren't perfect, not even cupids, we sometimes make bad choices, we sometimes have to deal with things not going out way, but "the very best way to spend your day is to try to be kind, all the time".
Galante left a lot of growing room for this series. With Willa just entering Cupid School she still has to learn how to fire an arrow, meet a human child, help a human child, learn to deal with Vivi (the cupid that just seems to rub Willa the wrong way), and hopefully see Vivi learn to be not such a "meanymouth". I look forward to reading more in this series!
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