Review (#giftedbook): Winston Chu Vs. The Whimsies

Thanks to NetGalley and Disney Pub for this free digital copy in exchange for an honest review. This book is available now!

The month of March might be my month to catch up/get ahead on all of my NetGalley arcs! While I still have some arcs to read from late 2022, thankfully, for today’s book–Stacey Lee’s Winston Chu vs. The Whimsies–I’m only about a month behind. Plus, it’s the perfect intro into Middle Grade March! šŸ™‚

Winston Chu is the newest book in the Rick Riordan Presents imprint and it was so sweet and creative. This story follows Winston, who, along with his family, is still recovering from the loss of his father. The narrative lovingly tackles grief, loss, and the way different people experience it. I adored Winston’s friends and their friendship. Each of his friends had depth and I was just as invested in them as I was in Winston. Winston’s love for his family was so clear–even when he was frustrated. I loved how they grew together in this story. Plus, the whimsies!! The whimsies were so interesting and just…awesome. Honestly, they’re probably one of the more creative additions to a story I have read in a long time. I also loved how Asian folklore was woven in, and I can’t wait to see more of this in future books!

Have you read any middle-grade books recently?

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