An enthusiastic host awaits an invited guest for tea and hopes that everything will be as perfect as the guest herself is. . . . The text is a well-balanced representation of Abby’s voice in rhyming quartets that glide effortlessly for a smooth read-aloud. The page turns are expertly designed to maximize suspense and drama. Marley’s innocent illustrations combine pink and pearls with wet dogs and cargo pants for a delightful celebration of a broad range of girlhood expressions and experiences. . . . Funny, subtly empowering, and sweet.
Alea Marley’s colorful, digital illustrations look like paper dolls, and the poetic, lilting style makes the book easy to read. It brings high tea down to a little girl’s world and teaches that you don’t have to be perfect to make friends.