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Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow by Nathan Bransford
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Jun 21, 11

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Read on June 15, 2011

I read this because I've followed Nathan's blog for years, and I couldn't not check out his first book. I guess the age range for this is 9-12? But it seems kind of juvenile for that. I'd say maybe 6-9. I can't help comparing it to Animorphs because those were my favorite when I was 9 (and they are about space and aliens also) , and the Animorph books are much more mature and complex than Jacob Wonderbar. I don't know. I guess times have changed.

The thing about this book is that I'm not sure I'd want my (hypothetical) kid to read it. I know some people think that any reading is good reading -- "So what if they're reading Twilight; at least they're reading!" -- but I'm not so sure I agree. I guess you hope such books will instill a love of reading and thus lead to more worthwhile literature. But too often, it just leads to adults who still read mostly crap. I guess I'm trying to say that by writing books specifically for children or teens that don't require much of them, it encourages them to continue taking the path of least literary resistance into adulthood.
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