BEA’S BOOKS: Measuring Up

Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte and Illustrated by Ann Xu
   Above all, Cici loves to cook. It’s one of her favorite hobbies. she and her grandmother, A-má, spend countless hours in the kitchen. Then everything changes. Cici and her parents move from Taiwan to Seattle. This is a huge change for Cici, who misses her grandmother dearly and has to quickly get used to American culture and the way things are in the United States. Back in Taiwan, everything was normal and Cici didn’t feel so different from everyone else, but in Seattle no one understands Cici’s culture. Cici video calls A-má frequently, but it isn’t the same. Now, Cici wants to bring A-má to Seattle for her 17th birthday. But how can she get the money? Then, the greatest opportunity comes, a cooking competition to win$1,000, which is more than enough. Will Cici be able to win? 
I really liked this heartfelt graphic novel, which stressed the importance of teamwork, family bonds and friendship. I enjoyed all the positive messages in this book. The illustrations were well drawn and all the food made me quite hungry! This book is very inspirational for aspiring chefs like Cici, it’s a light read perfect for 8-12-year-olds. 

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