Brenda Berman, Wedding Expert (Hardcover)

By Jane Breskin Zalben, Victoria Chess (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, 9780618313211, 48pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2009



A contemporary, tongue-in-cheek look at a wedding that doesn’t go according to plan. Brenda Berman intends to have a starring role in her uncle’s wedding, but then he elopes.

Praise For Brenda Berman, Wedding Expert

“[A] lively early chapter book. . . . Brenda’s robust personality drives the narrative as well as the art, as Chess’s folksy watercolors capture the girl’s expressions, which vacillate wildly between outrage and exhilaration.”—Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

Zalben’s tale, divided into five chapters, conveys the warmth and zaniness that can make families simultaneously maddening and wonderful. . . . Brenda’s endeavors to reconcile her hopes with reality tell a tale of acceptance that will help young readers struggling with their own life transitions.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A warm celebration of family and love.”—Booklist

Zalben’s lighthearted tale of flower girl dreams gone awry offers a solid presentation of character growth.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books