Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Queen Esther & the Second Graders of Doom by Allie Pleiter
Teaching Sunday school at her brother’s church in the Bay area was supposed to help former champion athlete Esther “Essie” Walker understand boys—the better to raise her newborn son as a stellar example of manhood. Fat chance! Enter the eight-year-old male psyche: awful jokes, disrespectful behavior and general mayhem. Essie, the queen of control, finds herself in a brand new world of chaos.
The pressure builds on all fronts—Sunday school class, husband’s job, church dramatic pageant, aging parents, finances—until Queen Esther has one royal meltdown. God, it seems, has makeover plans for Essie’s competitive nature. Her characteristic control is in very short supply as she gains a better understanding of the nature of imperfection, the value of motherhood and the virtues of a messy but connected life.
This book will have readers laughing out loud at the silly antics of the second-grade boys in Essie’s class. Highly recommended for anyone who is in the mood for some comic relief from their chaotic life, if only for a few short hours.
Posted by Jennifer Casler at 3:52 PM