I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business by Lyla Lee, Dung Ho
Published by Aladdin on January 14, 2020
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Fresh Off the Boat meets Junie B. Jones in this first novel in an adorable new chapter book series about Mindy Kim, a young Asian American girl who is starting a snack business!
Mindy Kim just wants three things: 1. A puppy! 2. To fit in at her new school 3. For her dad to be happy again
But, getting all three of the things on her list is a lot trickier than she thought it would be. On her first day of school, Mindy’s school snack of dried seaweed isn’t exactly popular at the lunch table. Luckily, her new friend, Sally, makes the snacks seem totally delicious to Mindy’s new classmates, so they decide to start the Yummy Seaweed Business to try and raise money for that puppy!
When another student decides to try and sabotage their business, Mindy loses more than she bargained for—and wonders if she’ll ever fit in. Will Mindy be able to overcome her uncertainty and find the courage to be herself?
Today is the official release day for Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business so be sure to get your copy today!
Here is what I thought
This was a cute chapter book about what it’s like to be the new kid in school and trying to make friends.
Mindy and her father have moved because her father got a new job. He moved them from California to Florida and Mindy doesn’t want to go to school. She is afraid she won’t make any friends. She is already pretty sad because her mother has died and her father is always sad.
When she gets to school she realizes that her meal is different than everyone else’s because she is Korean and her father fixes her Korean foods. Her snack is seaweed and one of the boys makes fun of her, but then the next day she sits with a girl named Sally and instead of laughing at her seaweed snacks she actually asked to try them. Sally really likes them and so then others want to try them. This becomes a way for Mindy to try and make friends but she goes about it the wrong way and some things happen.
I liked Mindy she was cute and it had to be hard being only seven and starting a new school. I was lucky and never had to do anything like that growing up. I liked Sally too and thought it was cool how she took to Mindy so quickly even if things don’t go so well for them both at times.
I think this will be a great story for young readers as they can learn a little about a different culture. I am sure as the series continues we will get to know a lot more about the Korean culture. I really liked the illustrations too.
I would recommend it if you have young readers.
Lyla Lee is the author of the Mindy Kim series as well as the upcoming YA novel, I’ll Be The One. Although she was born in a small town in South Korea, she’s since then lived in various parts of the United States, including California, Florida, and Texas. Inspired by her English teacher, she started writing her own stories in fourth grade and finished her first novel at the age of fourteen. After working various jobs in Hollywood and studying Psychology and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, she now lives in Dallas, Texas. When she is not writing, she is teaching kids, petting cute dogs, and searching for the perfect bowl of shaved ice. She is represented by Penny Moore of Aevitas Creative.
MINDY KIM AND THE YUMMY SEAWEED BUSINESS BLOG TOUR
Monday, 1/6: YA Book Nerd
Tuesday, 1/7: MG Book Village
Wednesday, 1/8: The Subversive Table
Thursday, 1/9: Jean’s Little Library
Friday, 1/10: READING (AS)(I)AN (AM)ERICA
Monday 1/13: Daddy Mojo
Tuesday, 1/14: Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!
Wednesday, 1/15: Cracking the Cover
Thursday, 1/16: YA Books Central
Friday, 1/17: Bicultural Mama