Review: Ava and Pip by Carol Weston

Outgoing Ava loves her older sister, Pip, but can’t understand why Pip is so reserved and never seems to make friends with others. When Ava uses her writing talents to help her sister overcome her shyness, both girls learn the impact their words and stories can have on the world around them.

Description taken from Goodreads. 

In AVA AND PIP, there were many things that I enjoyed but disliked at the same time.

Wordplay description taken from


1. clever or subtle repartee; verbal wit

Ava and Pip’s parents have a love of wordplay that is apparent throughout the entire story, and it’s one of the many things I had a love/hate relationship with. This story is fun and entertaining, and it definitely wouldn’t be something I would’ve been unhappy reading in a 5th grade to middle school classroom, but for leisurely reading the wordplay drags down the story a little bit. Sure, it’s clever and fun for the first half but by the second half it gets to be annoying. It was a minor annoyance, but I still felt as though the story would have felt a lot more like the quick read that it is and should be.

However, I do think that English and language arts teachers will appreciate the story for the language lessons it teaches and the elements to the story, as well as how much both of the main characters grow through the course of the plot. It also includes some great palindromes at the end of the book.

As for reading pleasure, it also provides a good story. I enjoyed the way that the characters were flawed and grew to make friends and enemies as well as learning new skills and growing in their relationships with one another. The friendship and sibling relationships were great and i really liked seeing Ava and Pip’s different personalities.

Overall, I would recommend this story to 5th and 6th graders. It’s great for vocabulary and I found myself really enjoying this entertaining small read. Would be great for contemporary fans. 3.5 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 211


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