It was a good read. I like the stories throughout the book. It gives it an authentic feel because these are not just people who are talking about howIt was a good read. I like the stories throughout the book. It gives it an authentic feel because these are not just people who are talking about how to write and succeed. They have been there and are sharing their own experiences and stories. ...more
This book feels disconnected. Hopping from one topic or thought to another. It feels disjointed and lacks focus. I didn't enjoy reading this as a wholThis book feels disconnected. Hopping from one topic or thought to another. It feels disjointed and lacks focus. I didn't enjoy reading this as a whole Certain parts, when her dad visits to see the painting, how paintings are restored, some of the imagery, were interesting though. Overall though. I wouldn't recommend this book....more
The first essay, Why I Write, and the third essay, a Hanging, were interesting. I especially liked the title essay, Why I Write. It gives the reader sThe first essay, Why I Write, and the third essay, a Hanging, were interesting. I especially liked the title essay, Why I Write. It gives the reader some insight into his writing. The second and fourth essay though, could have been left out. It is why this only gets 2 stars. They take up most of this short book and lend nothing to it....more
Max is a twelve year old boy who's parents have disappeared. He is left to stay with his Grammie and neither know what to make of the situation. Max's parents are actors and prone to going on trips and adventures, but not without Max. This is a whole new adventure for Max. Along the way he makes some friends and figures out how to make enough money for himself to live.
I thought Max was a good character. Children would be able to relate to his wanting independence but not being old enough for it. He is the son of actors but claims he isn't very good at acting. Throughout the story though he takes on many different roles of characters his parents have portrayed on stage. He is good enough at his acting that he fools other people into thinking he is older than he really is. I don't think Max gives himself enough credit in his acting abilities. As he tries to find out what happened to his parents, he realizes he is good at solving problems. This is how he makes money to live on without having to get a regular job.
I liked Pia. She is a sassy, chatterbox girl around Max's age. She meets Max while he is on one of his assignments. She sticks to him doesn't let him shake her even though he insists he doesn't need help. She chatters and asks questions which give Max ideas on how to solve his problems. Pia is a fun character who livens up the story.
Cynthia Voigt does a good job of interweaving all the problems Max is solving together. Jobs that have nothing to do with each other are easily intertwined and the reader is able to follow how they connect. Some were easily picked out how they would fit into the story and others have a nice surprise ending. It was enough mystery to keep you wanting to read more.
I received this arc via NetGalley and thought it would be an interesting read. I wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't overwhelmed with it either. I liked the story and am interested enough in the story to read the upcoming second book in this three book series to find out what happens to Max's parents.
Overall, I gave this book a 3.5 stars. I liked it and want to read the next in the series to find out where the cliffhanger leads to next. But I felt there were some elements of the story that were predictable or flat. As a main character, Max fell short for me. There were other characters I thought were more interesting and I wanted to know more about. I did wonder throughout the story why the adults treated Max as if he was an adult. The most interesting thing about him, which is overly stated throughout the story, is his eyes. From what I have gathered they are a shade of unusual gray. I wanted some more from him since he was the main character. The story has an old fashioned feel that will bring you back to an earlier era when things were simpler, yet things aren't simple for Max.
I feel that what I liked about the book edged out what I didn't care for in the book to bring me back to read the second book when it comes out and recommend it to readers. I do want to know what happens next in finding Max's parents. There was a good cliffhanger at the end that will leave the reader wanting to know what comes next. I am hoping that some of my favorite characters will make more appearances in the second and third book. Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things just arrived on the shelves today, September 10, 2013. I am guessing, as it goes with most books, the second in the series will be coming out within the next year or so, but don't let that deter you. This is an easy, fast read that gives the reader a chance to use their skills of deduction of how Max will solve problems and leave you guessing what happened to his parents....more
Ladybugs Have Lots of Spots is a fun and colorful book that will attract young readers and pre-readers alike. My youngest saw the cover as I was searcLadybugs Have Lots of Spots is a fun and colorful book that will attract young readers and pre-readers alike. My youngest saw the cover as I was searching through NetGalley and asked if we could read it. From the cover to the last page, she was hooked. She is beginning to read small words and knows some number words so she was able to pick out a few words as we read along. This book is great for her age, 4. She liked the simple language that matches really well with the bright pictures. Her favorite part was that she could pick out what the word would be if I pointed to something on the page. She felt like she was reading the story to me.
This is a good book for a young audience. My oldest skimmed through it because she likes ladybugs but wasn't too interested in it. My middle daughter was able to easily read through the book with little help and sounded out most words she didn't know. It introduces pre-readers and beginning readers to language they are able to understand and keeps their attention with the bright, colorful pictures.
I gave this book 5 stars because the pictures help pre-readers and beginning readers with word association. I was able to point out pictures as we read the story and my girls were able to make the association with what word came next. It gave both of them confidence about their reading and learning skills. This is a book I see my youngest wanting to read over and over again....more
Another book I picked up to read for a source for my paper topic. This one was more interesting to me. It focused on the males who were accused of beiAnother book I picked up to read for a source for my paper topic. This one was more interesting to me. It focused on the males who were accused of being witches and gave me some really good information for my paper. ...more
I needed some sources on my history paper topic and this is one of the books I picked out. I had seen it quoted on different website sources as well sI needed some sources on my history paper topic and this is one of the books I picked out. I had seen it quoted on different website sources as well so thought I'd give it a try. It was interesting but there seems to be a heavy amount of bias in the book. ...more
I am not normally a fan of poetry. I enjoyed reading these poems, though. There are a lot of poems in this collection that many, myself included, canI am not normally a fan of poetry. I enjoyed reading these poems, though. There are a lot of poems in this collection that many, myself included, can relate to. I enjoyed the variety of poems. You can do a close reading and interrupt the poems and what is underlying in them or you can read them for pleasure and the straightforwardness. This is one book of poetry that will actually stay on my shelves....more