Lois Lowry, one of children’s literature’s favorite authors, has been awarded and discussed for her unique and powerful writing style. One of the perhaps less discussed series she wrote was about 10 year old, Anastasia Krupnik. When I was reading in middle school and upper elementary school, I loved Anastasia because she was realistic. One writing element that Lowry does so well is get inside the character’s head. The book would describe Anastasia thoughts and responses to life, including a new baby brother, her grandmother, and her quirky parents. Anastasia keeps a green notebook with lists in it, including all of the things she loves and hates. Her notebook, along with the description of her walking down her narrow hallway making noise, were details that really resonated with me as a young reader. Furthermore, I had a younger brother like Anastasia, and I loved how her relationship with him was portrayed.
The book, in my opinion, ages itself as Anastasia encounters and discusses things that I’m not sure we’d see in books today. For example, she tries her father’s beer to taste it, but I think theses are the types of details Lowry excel at to make the characters real and alive. Do you remember Anastasia Krupnik?
From Goodreads: Anastasia’s tenth year has some good things, like falling in love and really getting to know her grandmother, and some bad things, like finding out about an impending baby brother.
[A cheeky article about Anastasia]
It’s always fascinating to see how book covers evolve with design and time. The orange and pink one below is the one I remember reading!