Oh, I loved this one. Even though it's after-school-special topically, it doesn't have that feel. Auggie got to me, as did his mother and sister.
I'd bOh, I loved this one. Even though it's after-school-special topically, it doesn't have that feel. Auggie got to me, as did his mother and sister.
I'd be so proud if my daughter grew to be like Summer. Do kids like that exist? I remember that when I belonged to the popular group in middle school, some of the more powerful leaders of the group offered to let one girl into our group. She said she'd only come if her friend were invited, too. They actually held a trial period and turned down the add-on. I say "they" instead of "we" because I'm still uncomfortable just thinking about it! Middle school is crazy enough without a problem like Auggie's and if Summer would have caved to the proposal to drop him in order for entrance into the world of popularity it would have just been too bleak for me to handle.
I'd also love a son like Jack. I remember being "ghosted" a few times for transgressions against the evil overlords of team popular and it was tough stuff. Once I was ghosted for refusing to participate in a ghosting. Jack dealt with it with style and grace.
I can't say that I'd love to have a son like Auggie, though I'm ashamed to say it. I would hurt so much for him. When Via saw her mom staring at Auggie's door in the middle of the night, I recognized what my fate would be should I have a child like Auggie. Chronic worry. Pain upon pain. Feeling as if I must overcompensate by lavishimg him with praise and affection. Too much. I don't think I'm as strong as Via or Jack or Summer or Auggie's dad. I'd be just like his mother. Wrecked, in love, twisted with inner turmoil. Ugh. So weak!!!...more
I hadn't read this since middle school and didn't remember the plot particulars but they all came back to me. Gravely ill Charles Wallace, something wI hadn't read this since middle school and didn't remember the plot particulars but they all came back to me. Gravely ill Charles Wallace, something wrong with his farandolae (which his brilliant mom, incidentally, is currently isolating and existence-proving.) There are cherubim, teachers, friends and family fighting for his life INSIDE his body! They had to get sub-microscopic for this, but size is relative. No big whoop.
My thoughts while rereading (SPOILERS!!):
Awww...kything! I remember you. I remember pretending I could communicate with others without words. I remember dreaming that my current crush in middle school and I discovered we could kythe with only each other. And that it drew us much closer and made him love me. Sigh.
Calvin O'Keefe, you are perfect as ever.
Meg, you'll get through this awkward phase. In later books your "mousy brown hair" will be upgraded to "chestnut" and you'll be regarded as lovely.
Oh god, when will this book end? It's going in circles! I don't care if any of the non-Murry/O'Keefe characters are X'd! X off, already!
Phew. We are back at the Murry's, stew bubbling on the bunsen burner, Charles Wallace is okay, the twins are in the dark about everything as usual. HOME....more
I finally read it! When I was a librarian, I used to recommend it all the time and bullshit those kids into thinking I'd read and loved it. It was preI finally read it! When I was a librarian, I used to recommend it all the time and bullshit those kids into thinking I'd read and loved it. It was pretty good!
Phew. What put off children's classic should I tackle next?...more
There are a lot of poetry collections for babies/toddlers, but this is the best. The very best! Jane Yolen is one of the greatest geniuses of the worlThere are a lot of poetry collections for babies/toddlers, but this is the best. The very best! Jane Yolen is one of the greatest geniuses of the world. ...more
Today I got all the Charlotte Zolotow books from my school library. This was the best one. It's so sweet. And Arnold Lobel's illustrations are lovely.Today I got all the Charlotte Zolotow books from my school library. This was the best one. It's so sweet. And Arnold Lobel's illustrations are lovely. I'm going to have my class make a class book in this style.
This is a throwback review from back when I had my dream job:
One of my duties as a librarian is to hold up the rights of academic freedom! Book banninThis is a throwback review from back when I had my dream job:
One of my duties as a librarian is to hold up the rights of academic freedom! Book banning will not be tolerated! I have already had several run-ins with parents who object to my carefully chosen selections and I am always articulate in my defense. There's one book that is near the top of the banned books list, however, that I hope never comes up. I will turn into a listless idiot if I try to defend Vivienne Goodman's righteously awesome illustrations for Mem Fox's read-aloud masterpiece, "Guess What?" I can imagine the conversation:
Concerned Parent: This book is inappropriate for children.
Miss M: As a parent, you have the right to limit access to your own child's library books, but not every family shares your...
Concerned Parent: Why is there a dead fish lying in the crotch of her underwear?! That is disgusting! No kid should see that!
Miss M: Um...well, it's because she's a witch and there is a strong death motif that the animals in the book are...
Concerned Parent: She is naked on page 8! If she's so tall and thin, why does she have giant breasts? Why would a children's book have a naked lady in it?
Miss M: Some families feel strongly that nudity is not shameful and that...um...art?
Concerned parent: Do you see this bird?! It's sniffing her underwear! She has a Sex Pistils button on! Why?! It's inferred that she killed her husband! Why are they dragging poor Paddington Bear into her perversion?! Look, she's recruiting a child into her coven at the end! This book is filthy! And dangerous!
Miss M: Um, well, kids love this book.
Concerned Parent: They love all sorts of things that are bad for them, Miss Montambo! It's our job to protect them!
Miss M: Many of the parents in our community make bad decisions and it's important for their kids to have a message that even outrageously peculiar behavior may not be evil.
Concerned Parent: Did you see her pinky nails?! She has coke nails!