Last-but-Not-Least Lola and the Cupcake Queens

illus. by Paul Hoppe. 168p. (Last-but-Not-Least Lola: Bk. 3). Boyds Mills. Oct. 2015. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781620915967.
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.
Lola reluctantly agrees to dress up as the third Cupcake Queen for Halloween with Jessie and Amanda, much to her friend Savannah's disappointment. Meanwhile, Lola gets the lead in the class play and is struck with stage fright. While this third book's language is as cutesy as ever, readers will relate to Lola's feelings of wanting to fit in. Emotive black-and-white illustrations appear throughout.

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