I have to say, I am definitely lacking in my knowledge of easy chapter books, I honestly think the last time I read a book like this was first grade.I have to say, I am definitely lacking in my knowledge of easy chapter books, I honestly think the last time I read a book like this was first grade. This wasn't to say that I wasn't a big fan of these kind of books back then. Oh no, I remember hiding from my ridiculous brothers in my closet with the classic flashlight scenario, just so I could get some quiet THANK YOU VERY MUCH. But I was a fickle child. Once I moved up a reading level, I was all like, FUCK YOU, Ramona and Beezus, I'm too good for you now (I was a tiny-hispter in my time.) That's been my life long tendency, and I often get quite bored with a book if it does not challenge me in any way.
But now things have changed, and the man is requiring me to read books like these for my job.
So I decided on Ivy and Bean, cause let's face it, all the book covers seem damn pretty adorable.
So what exactly is the verdict on Ivy and Bean?
It's a sweet story about two girls who were in your second grade class, that only wanted to be friends with each other. And they always made all others feel left out.
Now don't get me wrong, my life long friend Nicole and I were those people. And similarly, we made up a story about a ghost that lived inside an magic eight ball and predicted the future with scary details. It terrified us so bad, when ended up burying it in the backyard behind her shed. That way the ghost could return to the ground and be put to rest (child logic is flawless.)
And I have to give credit to Barrows, she captures childhood logic quite fabulously.
Obviously the book is a little boring for adults, but it was actually quite entertaining for an hour to read what all the kids are into.
I guess I can say with confidence to second graders that these books are a good choice. Unless, you know, they are tiny pretentious hispters like I was.
Those children are on their own. There is nothing child-hispters like that hate more than not discovering a book themselves. ...more
Very few people know this about me, but I use to be a huge nerd…. a very specific type of nerd. I was an anime nerd (yes… it’s true.) It didn’t matterVery few people know this about me, but I use to be a huge nerd…. a very specific type of nerd. I was an anime nerd (yes… it’s true.) It didn’t matter what it was, I would WATCH THEM ALL. It all started when with Sailor Moon and Dragonball Z, and just grew from there. I began watching everything on Toonami (REMEMBER TOONAMI EVERYONE?) And from there to Adult Swim, until I began to branch out on my own. At some point I started getting into live action dramas (which were basically anime but with ‘real’ attractive people.) This continued for a while, (I don’t feel like saying how long exactly… thought Benij would know) and then it stopped. I didn’t have time anymore to watch with the dedication I once had. I had midterms to take, finals to study for, and parties to go to. And I just got sick of the amount of energy it took to actually find some of these shows. There were just many other things I’d rather do.
So, you may be asking yourself, what does this have to do with The Wind Up Bird Chronicle?
I have a soft spot in my heart for anything Japanese made… I probably will for the rest of my life. So this book may be alienating to many other readers. But I found it brilliant.
Which is change, since I was not particularly fond of 1Q84.
Murakami is dark, somewhat magical and mysterious in his prose. The story of an unemployed man becomes the story of the search for his wife, while meeting a bunch of weirdos along the way. The weirdos tell their stories in separated chapters that all seems to makes sense somehow.
But it’s about the cruelty of war. A forgotten war, where the Japanese had formed a colony on Mainland China (which is why the Chinese hate them so much.)
My only qualm with this novel was Murakami’s tendency to have a teenage girl become uncomfortably close to a 30 year old man, the same problem I had with 1Q84. (IN FACT, now that I have just read my second Murakami novel, I’m starting to see a pattern. Are all his books basically the same?!?! If so, the Wind Up Bird Chronicle does it better.)
Anyway, I think this book is worth a read even if you are not a former nerd like me. But to all my fellow nerds out there, READ IT. READ IT NOW.