Stella Batts Needs a New Name (Stella Batts Series #1)

Stella Batts Needs a New Name (Stella Batts Series #1)

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by Courtney Sheinmel, Jennifer A. Bell
     
 

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Meet Stella Batts. She is eight-years old and she loves to write. She loves to write lists; like her favorite things and kids in her class. And she's writing her autobiography ("That means it's all about me"). Stella's favorite color is yellow and she LOVES fudge. As a matter of fact, there is a special fudge counter at her family's candy store because fudge

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Meet Stella Batts. She is eight-years old and she loves to write. She loves to write lists; like her favorite things and kids in her class. And she's writing her autobiography ("That means it's all about me"). Stella's favorite color is yellow and she LOVES fudge. As a matter of fact, there is a special fudge counter at her family's candy store because fudge is one of her favorite things to eat!

But Stella has just one problem----her name. A boy from her class keeps calling her "SMELLA" after she trips on their class nature walk ("I don't even want to say what I landed in, it was too gross, so I'm going to leave out that part"). So Stella decides there's really only one thing to do: she has to change her name. After all, how hard can it be to pick a new name? But it's not as easy as it sounds.

In this early chapter book series, the ups and downs of Stella's life are charmingly chronicled.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–4—Stella Batts doesn't like her name. A mean boy in her class laughed and called her "Smella" when she fell in dog poop during a nature walk. Her younger sister, Penny, has a nickname and she doesn't. Plus, she wants to be a famous writer, and "Stella" won't look good on a book cover. During a field trip to her dad's candy store, Batts Confections, she tells her friends about her plan for a name change. They think it's such a good idea that they decide to change theirs as well: Willa to Caramel, Talisa to Kit Kat, and Lucy to Truffle. Stella can't think of a good name until she sees the logo of a new bookstore: Scheherazade, "Sherry" for short. Things start to get complicated, though, when Penny wants to become Stella, the girls' teacher won't call them by their new names, and Lucy gets mad when she sees her old name in the autobiography Stella is writing. Sheinmel has a great ear for the dialogue and concerns of eight-year-old girls. Bell's artwork is breezy and light, reflecting the overall tone of the book. This would be a good choice for fans of Barbara Park's "Junie B. Jones" books (Random).—Diane McCabe, Loyola Village Elementary School, Los Angeles
Kirkus Reviews
In the first of a new series, third-grader Stella realizes she really needs a new name, since the class bully has started calling her "Smella," following an unfortunate (and stinky) accident on a field trip. That's not the only reason that Stella wants to change her name; she's also frustrated because she doesn't have a nickname. She and her best friends decide to choose new names that seem more appropriate to their interests: Candy! Willa becomes Caramel, Lucy's new name is Truffle and Talisa is Kit Kat. But Stella surprises everybody when she chooses the name of a bookstore for herself--Scheherazade, or Sherry for short. After a few days of name changing, described in Stella's autobiography, she realizes it's hard to remember everyone's new names, including her own. When she hears that her parents chose Stella especially for her, that's sufficient reason to give up her new one. Featuring large print and cheery black-and-white illustrations on almost every spread, this would be an easy sell for girls just transitioning to chapter books. While nothing of great significance happens, it effectively portrays the minor ups and downs of typical suburban elementary-school life, neatly captured in Stella's age-appropriate first-person narration. A pleasant, good-humored early chapter book with the effervescence--and substance--of a soft drink. (Fiction. 5-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585361830
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
01/15/2012
Series:
Stella Batts Series, #1
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
217,638
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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Stella Batts Needs a New Name 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!  I'm a Christian homeschool mom & read this aloud to my girls. There was nothing inappropriate in the book or the ones that followed. We love Stella & hope there will be many more wholesome books to come! I really love there was no divorce, they were a sweet loving family, and when there was a problem it was kindly & lovingly resolved.I highly recommend this book!
JES1943 More than 1 year ago
Great book for kids
JackieJF More than 1 year ago
Awesome series for boys or girls.  It draws kids in and gets them reading.  It's clean and sweet and a worthwhile adventure for any child.  I'm so glad we've found these books!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series they should make more in the series go stella batts!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally a book series my daughter can read that the main character isn't always doing or saying innapropriate things! We love the character of Stella & look forward to the next book as soon as we finish one!