When Re ...more
The truth is that this book was
A M A Z I N G.
Displaced children are a common theme in a lot of
middle grade novels but this one was special.
And not just because it is Sharon
(although she really knows what she is doing)
Two children are taken out of their metropolitan setting and forced to
Adapt to a more rural one.
They are out of place, outside of their comfort zone
Yet they adapt. And they make friends
Did I think I would hear the word dung used so many times? no.
Reena narrates this heartwarming story about one city family's move to rural Maine. There, Reena and her brother Luke are volunteered to an old woman who owns a few animals. Not knowing what to expect from this cranky woman, Reena and Luke come to love the farm and especially the stubborn cow, Zora. As they slowly get to know the older woman, they also learn what life on a farm entails. At the end of the story Reen ...more
I think the blank verse/concrete poetry/creative typography stuff will appeal to fans of, like, Geronimo Stilton? I wasn't impressed by it. It seemed somehow lazy for a writer as talented as Creech. Like, let's write "drip" like this:
d r i p
And now I just want to live in Maine even more and learn to speak like Zep.
The different fonts here and there were not necessary - they either should have been used a LOT more, or not used at all. The "poetry" was not poetic.
Stick with Love that Dog!
A mix of prose and short-burst poetry, capturing the emotion of many scenes in order to paint them. Much sibling love and family c ...more
For a fictional view of what it was like growing up in my family, see Absolutely Normal Chaos. (In that book, the brothers even have the same names as my own brothers.) Our house was not only fu ...more