soup of the day: katharine the almost great

Hooray Hooray!!

Huge Congratulations to Lisa Mullarkey (  ) on the release this month of her new chapter book series, Katharine the Almost Great (Magic Wagon, 2009)!

There are six, count ’em, 6, titles featuring the irrepressible third grader, Katharine Carmichael, in her quest to become Katharine the Great. All she has to do is conquer geometry and stage fright, think up the best school service project ever, help her cousin, Crockett, get elected as class president, discover the truth about her blood-sucking brother, Jack, and survive the trauma of having her mom as the new cook in the cafeteria.

Sounds like a lot of ups, downs, adventures and laughs in these character building stories set at Liberty Corner School, appropriate for young readers ages 7-10. I am most anxious to read Book 2, Major Mama Drama, because I want to find out what kinds of things Katharine’s mom cooks! Does she really ban french fries (oh, no)!?


The other titles in the series, all illustrated by Phyllis Harris, are:

Book 1: Uses Her Common Cents
Book 3: The Biggest Star by Far
Book 4: Bent Out of Shape
Book 5: The Red, White and Blue Crew
Book 6: Can’t Keep Trackula of Jackula


Lisa’s website has more information about all the books, including a cool excerpt from Uses Common Cents, as well as a Teacher’s Guide. The books are available through the publisherIndieBound, or your favorite online bookseller.

Now, please join me in congratulating Lisa with six big slurps. There’s a spoon for each one of the books in the series. Happy dipping! 

Today’s Special: Almost Tomato Soup.

*Visit the soup gallery, to see all the book release soups on this blog.

25 thoughts on “soup of the day: katharine the almost great

  1. WOW, WOW, WOW! I feel honored! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You made my day! My week! My month! Really, how wonderful to wake up and see this! Mama Drama was inspired by my son: I was my kids’ librarian and then I taught second grade when my son was in second grade- across the hall. My daughter LOVED having me there everyday. My son…well, he told me when I kissed him in the hallway that I was creating Major Mama Drama. A story was born!

    Your ALMOST tomato soup look yummy! And a spoon for each title…very cool!

    A great big thank you from the bottom of my soup bowl!


  2. That’s a great backstory — love the expression, “Major Mama Drama.” We’ve all had this at one time or another :).

    Thanks for writing this great series!


  3. This new series looks like fun! I’ll keep an eye out for them. And re: Major Mama Drama: I would have DIED if my mother had worked in any of my schools. *runs away screaming*

    Into the Wardrobe


  4. Celery root, black radish, weird colors of things like carrots and potatoes and beets . . .

    I have sorted out how to have as many as three, maybe four, gnome books. But six seems like a stretch. It could be do-able, maybe.


  5. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves – I’ve only got one completed ms, after all. Although I feel pretty confident I’ll be able to complete Garden Gnomes in Winter without much of a problem. Going for three (or four) will require a bit more thought and planning, but they remain hypothetically possible.

    Now if only some editor would scoop them up . . .


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