In keeping with my attempt to find more books to read to my own kids, I borrowed this one from the library. I will admit that some interest in the feaIn keeping with my attempt to find more books to read to my own kids, I borrowed this one from the library. I will admit that some interest in the feature film gave me extra impetus.
The book is actually quite inventive and fulfills its goal in broadening young minds. The idea of a place where food rains down is fairly unique. But that's about where the positives stop.
There is no underlying moral or point to the story. In fact, I hesitate to call it a story at all as there lacks any sort of plot whatsoever.
Don't misunderstand me, this is a good book to read to kids. But if your kids like to hear the same books over and over again, this one will turn stale for the parent much sooner than most. ...more
To bookend my reading of this series, I figured I'd write a review for it. Suzanne Collins's Underland Chronicles will sit right alongside other childTo bookend my reading of this series, I figured I'd write a review for it. Suzanne Collins's Underland Chronicles will sit right alongside other children's fantasy classics. In many ways, I found myself drawing comparisons to Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Cycle, in only positive aspects.
The overall series is fairly strong. I think that's clear from the ratings I gave them. But there are some weaknesses to be found. The reliance on constant prophecies gets a little repetitive. I think she herself added some self-deprecating commentary in the final book about prophecy. The end of the series is slightly bittersweet, which is to be expected from many of these series. What I had not anticipated was the lack of closure. It does nothing to detract from the series as a whole. But the end seems to scream for a definitive answer to what will become of the family. I think that there is only one ending that would seem to make any logical sense, so I question the need to leave it hanging.
Nonetheless, this series ended up being very enjoyable and definitely belongs on any best of list of children's fantasy series. ...more
I've had to alter my rating of this book down one star to three. The reason is that the book held fond memories for me. It was among the very first "sI've had to alter my rating of this book down one star to three. The reason is that the book held fond memories for me. It was among the very first "science fiction" books that I had ever read. But, I had not re-read them, which means that my recollection of the book is from over 30 years ago.
The book itself is fairly timeless, with a few exceptions, such as the reference to Meg needing a typewriter because of her atrocious handwriting.
But as an adult, I have read many more books since and unfortunately, the book doesn't hold up quite as well. That is not to say that there isn't much to admire here. L'Engle's writing style is exemplary of these children's books of the time. She manages to tell her story efficiently yet with sufficient description. I would hate to see a more contemporary author trying to tell the same tale. No doubt this book would be twice its length.
I admit to not recalling that the book ends quite so abruptly. And the climax seems a bit cliche in this day and age. But for a book that's over 50 years old...that can be forgiven.
I'm sure to return to the Time Quintet to read the rest (I never read the 4th and 5th books, so I'm looking forward to those). But I have other books that currently demand my attention. ...more