by Susan Lendroth, illustrated by Priscilla Burris
G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2018

In this humorous and endearing story, Natsumi does everything in a BIG way! She especially loves being LOUD!  Everyone is continually reminding her to not be so fast, or hard, or loud, except her grandfather. A festival of traditional Japanese arts is coming soon and everyone is preparing for their event. Whenever Natsumi prepares, disaster happens!  Things just don’t go right. When she is at her lowest, Grandfather takes her to the village hall where, “Natsumi heard a sound like muffled thunder.”  For two weeks she practices at the village hall after school for her entry and keeps it a secret from her family. The illustrations capture Natsumi’s boisterous ways, leading readers straight to a surprising climax.

This lovable character will sure to become a favorite. Artist Priscilla Burris illustrated Natsumi’s lively character perfectly!

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