In third grade or maybe it was second, I don't remember, but I had the same teacher for both grades so it's irrelevant to the story; so anyway in what...moreIn third grade or maybe it was second, I don't remember, but I had the same teacher for both grades so it's irrelevant to the story; so anyway in whatever grade, second or third, my teacher started to read from Superfudge to the class every Friday afternoon. The class got enthralled in the book, and getting a hold of the book from the school library was a pretty impressive feat since everyone in the class wanted the one copy. I can still remember exactly where on the shelf it would have sat if the book had ever actually been in, but trying to get this book became something on an obsession of mine, going to the shelf to see if the book was there on every library trip. Even after I finally did get a hold of the book from the library (when I was in fourth grade (or third), I think that the teacher actually had taken out the elusive only copy of the book to read to us from), I would still check on the status of the book being in or out everytime I stopped in the library. This book I hold as my first book obsession, and even though it never dawned on me to just go to the local bookstore, or maybe town library to get a copy, it still paved the way for many later obsessions with various books and getting them into my greedy little hands so that I could covet them forever and ever (this almost makes it sound like a stole the book, which I did not. Actually I never even owned this book, I only read it twice, both times by taking it out of the library like a person does. It wrong to steal from libraries anyway. Really really wrong.) (less)
If I remember right this book was actually better than SF, but it never had the obsession thing attached to it. There is a part in the book where Pete...moreIf I remember right this book was actually better than SF, but it never had the obsession thing attached to it. There is a part in the book where Peter (holy shit, how did I do that, I can't remember character names in books I read last week, but here I am pulling out a character name from a book I read a quarter of a century ago), gets mugged and he says that it's what happens in New York, or something like it's scary but everyone gets mugged so it's no big deal. And this stuck with me for a long time, and I thought that everyone in New York does get mugged. This is kind of a lie, but I think Bernhard Getze (spelling? you know the guy who shot the kids on the subway vigilante style in the 80's.) was in the news a lot, and it just seemed like this fact must be true, and it stuck with me all these years. Why is this important to the book, and why would this make you want to read it or not read it? I don't know, but it's a true story and it shows that this book left a lasting impression on my young malleable mind, and so much of one that I even remembered the character name. So I guess it was a pretty darn good fucking book (wouldn't that be a great blurb on the next paperback edition?)(less)
I remember nothing of this book, all I remember is the name stuck in my head and the fact that I hated this book more than almost any other book I was...moreI remember nothing of this book, all I remember is the name stuck in my head and the fact that I hated this book more than almost any other book I was ever forced to read in an English class in middle or high school. (less)
There is some gay-ish stuff that happens in this book, and it made everyone in my seventh grade class giggle about it. The copy I was given to read fr...moreThere is some gay-ish stuff that happens in this book, and it made everyone in my seventh grade class giggle about it. The copy I was given to read from the school had a penis drawn on the page where the gay stuff happens, and then some more penises on the inside covers. I don't remember much else about the book, except that I hated reading it but yet somehow survived yet another painful experience of literature in the hands of teachers without any desire to ever read again sapped from me. (less)
One doesn't need any other books to know everything they ever needed to know about dinosaurs. This book has taught many great minds all about dinosaur...moreOne doesn't need any other books to know everything they ever needed to know about dinosaurs. This book has taught many great minds all about dinosaurs, and I don't know if it is still in print, but it should be or we will have upcoming generations of dinosaursly retarded children. And that is bad. (less)
I don't remember this one too well, but from the cover I think that it's the one where the blond one from Dukes of Hazzard and John Ritter go looking...moreI don't remember this one too well, but from the cover I think that it's the one where the blond one from Dukes of Hazzard and John Ritter go looking for semen. (less)
I had no idea all of the trouble giving a cat cupcake would lead to. Now I do know, and if my cat ever wants a cupcake I'm going to say no. No, Moonch...moreI had no idea all of the trouble giving a cat cupcake would lead to. Now I do know, and if my cat ever wants a cupcake I'm going to say no. No, Mooncheese, you may not have a cupcake. And even if she meows angrily at me I'll still not give in, although then she might do other things that would be even worse than if I had given her a cupcake. Instead I will keep my cat in total ignorance about the existence of cupcakes and save myself a heap of trouble. (less)
There is something awesome feeling about getting through 400 pages of a book on an hour lunch break, and still have time to use the bathroom and punch...moreThere is something awesome feeling about getting through 400 pages of a book on an hour lunch break, and still have time to use the bathroom and punch in three minutes early. So what if the book has lots of illustrations and it's written for children, it's still a real sense of Herculean reading, even if it's not that impressive.
I liked this book a lot. I considered giving it five stars. I don't read children or young adult novels so I don't have much to compare it to. The book has much more depth though than This is not a Box, or Don't Give the Cat a Cupcake or even any of the books about that troublesome pigeon who wants to drive the bus and do other things birds aren't supposed to do. This book also is so much better than the first two Harry Potter books, which I have read and didn't care for very much. This book has the a great sense of wonder that adult books like Trip to the Stars has. It also has a feeling of the greatness and mystery of books and stories in general that reading Borges can induce, but this is for kids, which is cool because it's probably good for kids to learn that books are magical and fun at a young age. The pictures that make up about half the book are an interesting device. They do help move parts of the story along, like I think the chase scenes benefit from being done entirely by pictures, reading about a boy running away from someone wouldn't have had the same 'excitement' as in the pictures. I don't know much about kids but I think that the way the book opens with almost fifty pages of pictures gives a great feeling for the book which would be much more difficult to have described for kids in only words.
As I said I liked this a lot and the book made me happy that it existed in the world. (less)
So I'm trying to clean up my own messy room, and I come across this book. Why do I have this book? I don't know. I don't remember ever buying it, actu...moreSo I'm trying to clean up my own messy room, and I come across this book. Why do I have this book? I don't know. I don't remember ever buying it, actually I'm pretty certain I never bought it. It was published in 1993, making me 19 when it first came out, an age at which I could read, so my parents never bought this for me. I don't know where it came from, but I decided to sit down and read it. I was hoping for inspiration. Maybe a good message about cleaning my room, making it a better place, or something. But no. The plot of this story is about a troublesome little girl who likes to keep her room a pigsty, not unlike my own. She likes it and does nothing about it, except that it makes her mommy mad, but the story ends there, not with the girl rectifying mommy's anger, but gleefully dancing around her sloppy room. Oh shit, I just realized I gave away the whole plot of the book. Oh well. Probably cursing in a review for a book geared towards 4 year olds isn't too good either but fuck it.
I feel a little cheated. I feel bewildered where this book came from. I actually wonder where the whole pile of children's books came from that were underneath another pile of books I haven't read yet. I also wonder when I got an ARC of a zombie book coming out in March, and why I have multiple copies of certain books that I don't really ever remember buying one copy of. So hooray for my own messy room and it's hidden literary surprises and boo to this book which I looked to in my time of need and guidance and instead seems to be telling me to keep my room a wreck, and instead do some rhyming exercises to make myself a better reader, but seriously this book isn't that tough and I already knew all the words so it didn't help me there at all. (less)