My 10 year old daughter loves this movie! She loves reading the books also. I do have to admit, some of the acting is a little cheesy, as previously mentioneded in another review, but in my opinion that just added character & humor to the movie. My daughter wants the next Mandie movie for Christmas! Good wholesome movie that you can let your children watch without worry.
I'll start with the fact that I haven't yet read the book, but the acting was so bad it took away from the story. I wanted to get drawn in, but it was like looking at yourself in a mirror trying to rehearse your lines and not look like your looking at yourself. Very distracting!! I hope the author is a better story teller than this movie was. I think it almost made me not want to read the book, and I love reading good books to my family. I want my children to be exposed to greatness in film and books, this was not that.