Lola’s mom is home but not home, because she’s frantically working all the time. Lola’s friends are here but not here as allegiances among the foursome change faster than you can forget your lines for a school play. Lola means well but can’t help acting on her emotions and getting into trouble. She’ll need to dig for bravery as she deals with a possible ghost next door, stage fright, and, hardest of all, making amends with her friends. Lola is braver than she thinks and her friendships are stronger than she realizes in this funny, heartwarming tale.
Christine Pakkala: Christine Pakkala has an MFA in Poetry from Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught seventh- and ninth-grade English in New York City. Last-But-Not-Least Lola and the Cupcake Queens is her fourth novel. She lives in Westport, Connecticut. christinepakkala.com.
Paul Hoppe: Paul Hoppe is an illustrator, designer, and author who teaches at the School of Visual Arts. He is the author-illustrator of two picture books and the illustrator for several other picture books and young adult books. His work has been published by the New York Times and the New Yorker. Born in Poland and raised in Germany, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York. paulhoppe.de.
"Life is hard when you’re alphabetically the last kid in your second-grade class, but Lola Zuckerman takes it in stride. As with previous volumes, Lola faces problems that young readers will find all too relatable frizzy-haired, freckled Lola is an endearing protagonist, and this installment will is sure to garner fans." School Library Journal
"Fans of second-grader Lola Zuckerman will be delighted by this third installment in the cheery series . Each Lola story stands on its own, so emerging chapter-book readers can easily start here without confusion." BooklistFrom the Publisher
Second grade can be hard, especially when Mom’s busy working, friends are not able to listen, and lines need to be memorized for a school play. Last-but-not-least Lola faces grown-up challenges in this chapter book, and by the end, she learns that the connections she has with her friends and family are stronger than she thinks. Lola introduces herself as someone who hates the fact that her last name begins with Z and that she always is the last one to get to share her Halloween costume with the rest of the class. This year, however, is a little bit different. Lola’s friends all want to team up and dress as the Cupcake Queens from their favorite TV show, but this comes with some unexpected complications. Also, Lola is selected to be the main character of the school’s Halloween play, and she is nervous about being able to remember all of her lines. Emotions are running wild as Lola tries to navigate these challenges, but by the end of the story, she and her friends have all learned valuable lessons. As part of a series, there are some references that people who had not read the other books will not understand, but these are few and far between. The characters are relatable, and the author explains new vocabulary in an accessible manner. Written in short chapters and punctuated by illustrations, this book is suitable for readers who are beyond Early Reader texts but not quite ready for full-length chapter books. Part of the “Last-But-Not-Least Lola” series. Reviewer: Mary Pearl; Ages 7 to 10.Children's Literature - Mary Pearl
05/01/2015School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Life is hard when you're alphabetically the last kid in your second-grade class, but Lola Zuckerman takes it in stride. As with previous volumes, Lola faces problems that young readers will find all too relatable, from a lie about a dog that snowballs to school play woes to Halloween costume drama. Depicted through Hoppe's black-and-white spot illustrations, frizzy-haired, freckled Lola is an endearing protagonist, and this installment will is sure to garner fans.