Friday Morning Bookclub

January 29, 2011

The Book Of Bright Ideas By Sandra Kring

Filed under: Book Recomendations,The Book Of Bright Ideas — susanbright @ 12:48 pm

It is rare that I read a book that makes me laugh out loud, but that is exactly what happened when I read The Book Of Bright Ideas. The narrator of Kring’s newest novel is Evelyn, or Button as everyone seems to call her (except for her mother who uses her given name, especially when she really wants to get her attention). Button is a shy 9-year-old living in Rural Wisconsin with a stern, cold mother and a father who hardly notices that she is around. Fortunately she has a warm, loveable Aunt Verdella who watches her during the day when her parents are at work.

When red-headed sexy Freeda Malone arrives in town with her younger sister Winnalee, Aunt Verdella makes it her business to not only make them feel welcomed, but also offers them her husband Rudy’s late mother’s house to live in, which just happens to be right next door.  Winnalee, a precocious 10-year-old never goes anywhere without her silver urn with her mother’s ashes as well as her Book Of Bright Ideas, where she keeps a record of all the important life lessons she learns along the way. Winnalee and Button become the best of friends and decide to work together to come up with 1oo bright ideas, many of which as so cute, and true and you can not help but smile! 

Bright idea #84- When you go through a new town that don’t look like much, stop anyway, because you just might find a best friend waiting there. 

With the arrival of the Malone sisters the residents of the sleepy town of Dauber, Wisconsin will never be the same. Even Button’s mother Jewel learns to  let her hair down!

Bright idea #90- After you play beauty shop, your husband might say you look like a beauty queen, or he might just ask you where the phillips screwdriver is. Either way, it doesn’t matter as long as your new hair makes you think nice things about yourself.

All is not what it seems and secrets are revealed!  The  Book Of Bright Ideas is a delightful book that I did not want to end. I am excited to have discovered Sandra Kring and look forward to reading other novels by this talented author!



  1. I smiled, I laughed, I cried; I did not want this book to end. I wish I had an Aunt Verdella growing up. Though each family in the book has its own dysfunctionality, all the characters come together and new “families” are created. Oh, to be 9 and 10 and have that special BFF !

    Comment by Sharon — February 19, 2011 @ 2:46 pm | Reply

  2. Welcome Sharon! I am glad that you liked The Book of Bright Ideas as much as I did!

    Comment by susanbright — February 19, 2011 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

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