So fun! The illustrations bring this story up to another level entirely. Make sure you spend some time looking at them all - including the illustratioSo fun! The illustrations bring this story up to another level entirely. Make sure you spend some time looking at them all - including the illustrations on the endpages. The clues are there for the sharp-eyed reader who pays attention to detail....more
I occasionally like to read mysteries and even murder mysteries, but I had no idea I had read so many children's books that contained murder! My favorI occasionally like to read mysteries and even murder mysteries, but I had no idea I had read so many children's books that contained murder! My favorite part was the second half of the introductory chapter because that contained the type of content I expected to find in the book. The other chapters were interesting, but often veered off into subjects I wasn't quite as interested in reading about.
Then again, I learned some interesting yet unexpected facts. Did you know that during the Middle Ages in England, and even later in some of the American colonies, you could save yourself from hanging for a murder conviction just by proving you know how to read? I had never heard of that. It's called "benefit of clergy." It started as a protection for church officials, but eventually stretched to anyone who could read - or even those who could pretend to read because they had memorized the correct passage from the Bible. So then the question is, why were so many church officials committing murder that they needed a special protection for it?
Since there are no other reviews for this book here on Goodreads, I'm going to include a list of the chapter titles. I don't think I would have found this book quite as interesting if I hadn't already read most of the titles discussed before reading this book:
Intro: Once upon a crime: homicide in American culture and popular children's literature from "Bluebeard" to Harry Potter 1- "You must kill her and bring me her lungs and liver as proof": "Snow White" and the fact as well as fantasy of filicide 2- "The queen had only one way of settling all difficulties... 'off with his head!' ": Alice's adventures in Wonderland and the anti-gallows movement 3- "Swarthy, sun-tanned, villainous looking fellows": Tarzan of the apes and criminal anthropology 4- "A sixth sense seemed to tell her that she had encountered something unusual": psychic sleuthing in the Nancy Drew mystery series 5- "How'd you like that haircut to begin just below the chin?": juvenile delinquency, teenager killers and a pulp aesthetic in the Outsiders 6- "My job is... to make you a human being in the eyes of the jury": confronting the dramatization-and demonization-of murder in Walter Dean Myers' monster Epilogue: "Just because you don't have a pulse doesn't mean you can't be perky": my so-called death, young adult zombie fiction and murder in the posthuman age. ...more
I found Squirrel Nutkin to be very annoying. I guess that's typical of some squirrels, but I wondered why the owl put up with him for so long. This woI found Squirrel Nutkin to be very annoying. I guess that's typical of some squirrels, but I wondered why the owl put up with him for so long. This would be a fun one to read aloud....more
I had trouble figuring out for which age group this was written. It is quite short and the size of a picture book. Yet the text doesn't follow the forI had trouble figuring out for which age group this was written. It is quite short and the size of a picture book. Yet the text doesn't follow the format of most biographies written for children, containing many pages completely full of text. The first line of the forward says, "Why should someone who has seemingly outgrown tiny picture-books read about the life of Beatrix Potter?" So I thought it must be for older children or maybe even adults. Then I noticed that on the back it says, "A biography for young readers." With the amount of text, I don't think it would appeal to very many young readers. Either way, I enjoyed reading it and learning about the life of Beatrix Potter.
The first chapter gave a short history of picture books from the time before Potter's books, which I thought was a nice way to help me understand the world she lived in. I also liked that there were quite a few of Potter's illustrations shown through, and some photos of her as well. Now I need to figure out which of her books I've read in the past and read any that I might have missed!...more
I didn't expect to like this, which is why I haven't read it until now. I was surprised at how quickly I got used to the switching of letters. I thougI didn't expect to like this, which is why I haven't read it until now. I was surprised at how quickly I got used to the switching of letters. I thought it would bother me, but I found if I just relaxed and read it without thinking about it too much, my brain picked up on the meaning of most of the lines without the need to really translate it. It does feel like a lot if read all at once, but what's the hurry? This is nice to read for several days and enjoy the silliness of it.
I did have one question, though. Why are Runny Babbit's friends always so mean to him? I wasn't a fan of that.
I think this might be a very confusing book to younger children who are just learning to read. Older children who like silly word play and challenging themselves with creative word riddles should enjoy this. I know some adults who like spoonerisms, so this would be a fun book for them as well.
My book included a CD with Dennis Locorriere reading some of the poems. His voice went well with the poems, and I enjoyed listening to him read. I would have liked hearing the entire book read by him.
I love that Runny Babbit goes to the library:
RUNNY'S HEADING RABITS Runny lent to the wibrary And there were bundreds of hooks-- Bistory hooks, beography gooks, And lots of bory stooks. He looked them over one by one And guess which one he took-- A bience scook? A boetry pook? Oh no--a bomic cook!...more
Somehow a book of poetry by Shel Silverstein was published that I hadn't heard about until now! Of course I had to read it. The book contained:
Some poSomehow a book of poetry by Shel Silverstein was published that I hadn't heard about until now! Of course I had to read it. The book contained:
Some poems that were profound. A couple that give an interesting look at poetry writing. Some that would be perfect for reading aloud at Halloween. Quite a few that could be used to teach inference. Some that beg to be read aloud. A couple that would be fun to memorize and perform for a group of people. Some that made me say, "Ew!" Some that made me shake my head. Quite a few that made me chuckle. Some that made me smile. Very few that got no reaction from me at all. I think Shel Silverstein would be happy with that.
Although I cannot see your face As you flip these poems awhile, Somewhere from some far-off place I hear you laughing--and I smile.
In case I do want to use these poems in some of the ways listed above, here are the ones I marked as I was reading: Profound: Happy Ending? and Underface Poetry writing: Lizard, Not an Egg Perfect for reading aloud at Halloween: He Tried to Hide, Frightened, and Forgetful Witch Beg to be read aloud: Growing Down, Rude Rudy Reese Made me chuckle: Don't Change on My Account....more
I LOVED THIS. It was exactly the book I wanted to start the new year with. I MUST READ THE NEXT BOOK NOW!! Luckily, it is available at my public libraI LOVED THIS. It was exactly the book I wanted to start the new year with. I MUST READ THE NEXT BOOK NOW!! Luckily, it is available at my public library, and I can check it out today. I read the Kindle version of this, which had a very nice preview of the next book (Crooked Kingdom), so that helped lessen the pain of getting to the end. Now I also need to read her Grisha trilogy!...more
I didn't expect to love this! There are so many bear books out there, but this one caught my attention when I saw that each bear had a name and a persI didn't expect to love this! There are so many bear books out there, but this one caught my attention when I saw that each bear had a name and a personality. I was completely hooked when I noticed some sly literary references. I knew then I needed to slow down and pay close attention. I read it several times - once for the story, once for the illustrations, and another time just to enjoy it again. Now I want to read it aloud to some children!
I'm adding this to my list of picture books that would work well to teach the adventure genre....more