In my first post, I meant to credit Emily for first bringing the Betsy-Tacy series to my attention. But I forgot. So I will thank you now, Emily. I'd also like to acknowledge Book Club Girl. Her frequent tweets about the series piqued my curiosity even more.
I read the second of the Betsy-Tacy books this weekend: Betsy-Tacy and Tib. I enjoyed this one more than the first, not so much because it is better but because I knew what to expect going in. Again, it was a nice read for young readers. The format was similar to the first – each chapter was a different story of some game Betsy, Tacy, and Tib were playing. Despite being 3 years older in this book (the mature age of 8), it actually tackled less serious issues (minus Tacy's bout of Diptheria). The books read so quickly that it doesn't really matter that the depth might not be there yet – it's still an enjoyable reading experience. I see the potential for great character development.
One part that made me thankful I grew up when I did was when Tib's father credited Frankie with building the house in Tib's basement when I'm sure (being an older sister to a younger brother myself) it was mostly Tib. I am glad that it struck her as odd. Maybe this is a hint at what is to come in later books.
I'm looking forward to the next in the series (although I think the library has done something very strange with my request and it may need to be placed again…).