What a quirky concept! Tony Chu, a cibopathatic detective, uses his unusual talent to solve crimes. In a world where chicken is illegal this is a funn...moreWhat a quirky concept! Tony Chu, a cibopathatic detective, uses his unusual talent to solve crimes. In a world where chicken is illegal this is a funny cop story that hooks you.(less)
What a wonderfully told tale! The book weaves Gittel's story from her youth to her marriage to a proper Jewish man and her decision to step forward an...moreWhat a wonderfully told tale! The book weaves Gittel's story from her youth to her marriage to a proper Jewish man and her decision to step forward and give a voice to her friend's pain. The Chassidic community is presented in a non-judgemental way; the author doesn't seem to blame the community nor does she excuse them. She lets the story unfold and we are able to get a look through the eyes of an innocent child. The narrative drives the book. There are wonderful glimpses into the the insular community that really draws you into a world, while modern, seems to be from a time long ago.
The abuse is not overly detailed, presented through Gittel's eyes as she is confused by what is happening to Devory. Devory's mental breakdown and subsequent suicide is written in such a way that while the reader knows something is and will happen to her, I still felt the desire to save her and felt hopelessly helpless as she suffered. There are also some fun (yes, fun) moments as Gittel exhibits typical ten year old behavior and struggles to behave in the manner that she has learned.
I didn't realize Eishes Chayil was a pseudonym and had to look it up. It means "virtuous woman". The author is indeed a virtuous woman, standing up to tell a truth that is often hidden and denied.
Excellent book! Great story that was a bit slow to start but a surprise ending made up for it. I felt that the characters were well developed, that the...moreExcellent book! Great story that was a bit slow to start but a surprise ending made up for it. I felt that the characters were well developed, that the danger presented was real and I could not have predicted what the outcome.(less)
Anybody trying to put a little one to sleep knows that bedtime is the equivalent to new explorations or creative stalling. In cartoonist Roz Chast's T...moreAnybody trying to put a little one to sleep knows that bedtime is the equivalent to new explorations or creative stalling. In cartoonist Roz Chast's Too Busy Marco that is just what little Marco does. As bedtime nears, Marco finds that he is not tired and must explore his big dreams. He finds that has to paint, explore fish underwater, explore painting underwater and that there is too much to do and that bedtime cannot be an option! Eventually Marco finally goes to bed where he dreams of skateboarding through the cosmos with space monkeys.
Such a cute book! Bedtime remains a chore in my house. My tween always has one more thing she needs to do, one thing more to share with me or one more anything to get five more minutes that she claims that she needs. And working with parents and their little ones this book strikes me as that time before napping where new things MUST be explored and sleep is merely something that will get in the way.
My first look through I didn't really care for the cartoons; there seemed to be too much going on on each page. But as I read the book again I found that the frantic look and feel of the pictures reflects what kids are thinking when they hear the phrase, "It's bedtime" when there is still so much to do.
This book was really sweet. Unlike the soothing Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown or Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang this book reflects what bedtime is: a race to stall. This book has a good plot, its fun and funny, the characters are believable. My favorite page is his request, demand, appeal for Five teeny-tiny, eentsy-weensty,bitsy-witsy, small, little miniature, microscopic, shrimpy, measly minutes!
I seem to recall some type of controversy surrounding the book because the author was white and two of the main characters were black and something ab...moreI seem to recall some type of controversy surrounding the book because the author was white and two of the main characters were black and something about the way she did the dialog. I stalled when reading the book because the subject matter makes me a tad uncomfortable. I absolutely loved this book as well! The wonderful storytelling, the characters were real and wow! It gave me a sense of all of the things I take for granted.