Basic Plot: Dad goes out to get milk for his children and has an adventure before making it home.
This book cracked me up on pretty much every level. IBasic Plot: Dad goes out to get milk for his children and has an adventure before making it home.
This book cracked me up on pretty much every level. It was a funny story on its own, with Neil Gaiman's wit and whimsy to back it up. The illustrations for the book, though, made it even funnier. The pen and ink line drawings added just enough madcap antics to illustrate the adventure. They also make this a great book to read for a child who is transitioning from picture books to chapter books.
Basic plot: Midge, Barbie, and Teresa hunt down the notorious pirate Red Beak!
*stands up* Hello, I'm Kat and my 7-year-old son is addicted to Barbie fBasic plot: Midge, Barbie, and Teresa hunt down the notorious pirate Red Beak!
*stands up* Hello, I'm Kat and my 7-year-old son is addicted to Barbie fiction and videos. *sits back down* Mind you, most of the time I don't care. I don't think toys should be gendered. Toys are toys. Some of the Barbie stuff makes my feminist brain want to shut down and gibber in a corner because it's so inane and UN-empowering. Some of it is pretty progressive and makes me happy. This book was pretty middle-of-the-road.
There was really no characterization. Not that I expect a whole lot out of a kids' chapter book, but still. No characterization. I take that back- Teresa wants to be a nurse. That's what passed for characterization here. The plot was decent and non-sexist, if a bit implausible. I suppose that should get a pass as it uses the dream deus ex machina, but still. Historical fiction, even for kids, needs to have the scent of truth to it, and this one barely does.
I think my son was expecting more pictures in the book than he got. There were a few spreads of Barbie dolls dressed up in early 1700s clothing, which I found pretty cool, actually. But there weren't nearly the amount of pictures he's used to, and the book was much longer than he's used to. To his great credit, though, he paid attention to the whole thing, even when he was clearly getting tired towards the end. The story had staying power for him, certainly. We'll see whether he wants me to read it again tomorrow night....more
Basic premise: A book to read to small children, which has no pictures.
It isn't lying, either. There are no pictures. There are creative uses of colorBasic premise: A book to read to small children, which has no pictures.
It isn't lying, either. There are no pictures. There are creative uses of color and font to emphasize silly onomatopoeia. The whole premise is that when adults read a book to a child, they have to read every word, no matter how silly. It was fantastic, creative, and like nothing I've ever seen before. I think my son would like to hear me read this very silly book. I must confess, though, that I cheated and read it at Barnes and Noble while he was playing with the train table and thus not paying attention to Mommy who was giggling at a book she spotted on an end stand. While I am normally a staunch advocate for good art in kids' books, this one gets a pass for good reason. It is, after all, the whole point of the book....more
I remember reading this one and re-reading it many times when I was a kid. A very enjoyable read loosely based on the connection between birds and dinI remember reading this one and re-reading it many times when I was a kid. A very enjoyable read loosely based on the connection between birds and dinosaurs. Trust me, you'll get it if you read it. A fun book, even for a non-dino-crazy girl....more
I like this book more for a funny thing that happened to me than for the content. The book was good- a cute, little fantasy story- but nothing that'llI like this book more for a funny thing that happened to me than for the content. The book was good- a cute, little fantasy story- but nothing that'll really be remembered over time the way The Chronicles of Narnia or The Lord of the Rings will.
I was in 5th or 6th grade when a parent in the school system where I went to elementary school threw a fit about this book at a school board meeting due to two words contained therein: "slut" and "damn." Both words, I should note, were used in context (historical in the case of "slut" and non-cursing in the case of "damn"). This book was in the elementary school's library, and she thought it was an inappropriate book. My father was reading this in the newspaper and started complaining about the state of books in our school's library, getting all self-righteous about the whole thing. I listened to him for awhile, then finally heard the title of the book. I quietly left the room and retrieved the book from the bookshelf in my room, then returned and handed it to him. (oh, the look on his face...)
Well, clearly the self-righteous rant ended there, as he found out I'd had the book for years. Then I found the words in question, and discovered their contextual nature. My dad never had another word to say about what I did or didn't read, and I can't recall him ever saying anything about a book being "questionable" in a library again. :)...more