Mark Shulman and Vincent Nguyen have done it again: created a wonderfully imaginative picture book that’s full of wit and humor—and touching, too.
Welcome to Hilary’s tea party—but be careful: this rude little girl has lots of rules to follow. Maybe that’s why no one except her stuffed animals, Mr. Big Arms and Stuffy Bear, stays very long. She’s just no fun.
Now, Hilary’s come up with a great idea: she’s putting a handmade invitation at the corner bus stop in hopes of finding a new friend. Enter a giant yet timid chameleon, all ready for tea and cookies. But when he finds out how bossy Hilary can be, will he run out the door, too?
Children will enjoy pouring a cup of tea (real or imaginary), curling up with this charming story, and finding out the answer.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I liked this book very much. The writing and the art are top class. I do not understand the Children's Literature review that says Hilary did not grow or that her friends are too lenient. It is not fair because it is plain to see that Hilary comes off her high horse and that her friends turn the other cheek. I admire that the author did NOT make the fantasy parts ridiculous as the reviewer suggested he should. The story was kind and gentle. I was proud to share it with my daughter.
My daughter is bossy, yes, but she's also bright and very verbal. She's certainly able to see past 'message' books and roll her eyes when she thinks she's being taught a lesson. I read this book in the bookstore and hoped it would get the message across that nobody can make the decisions and call the shots all the time. Surprise! She rooted for Hilary in the story, and was pleased with the outcome of the book. By the time we had read it three or four times, my Jenna started a conversation about a friend who she'd alienated weeks before. And do you know what? Jenna wrote a letter to invite that lost friend to tea. The book Not Another Tea Party was a wonderful way to talk about an important children's issue without being preachy or stiff. The story is sweet and the paintings are beautiful, dusty pink. You owe it to yourself to read this book to a child you love.