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review 2017-10-03 20:53
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing ★★☆☆☆
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (paperback) - Judy Blume

Probably my least favorite of Judy Blume’s children’s books so far. I seem to remember enjoying it as a child, but unlike the Ramona and Beezus and Henry books, it has no charm for me as an adult reader. Peter is cursed with an obnoxious little brother who gets all the attention and ruins everything. Originally written in 1972, the substance of the story doesn’t rise above its dated references and gender stereotypes.

 

The only other thing I can say is, poor Dribble. He probably wished Peter didn’t have a little brother, either.

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text 2017-10-03 18:58
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - 28/120pg
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (paperback) - Judy Blume

New York City in 1972? And this kid is 9 years old.    O_o

 

     We live near Central Park. On nice days I like to play there after school. I'm allowed to walk over by myself as long as I'm going to be with friends. My mother doesn't want me hanging around the park alone.

     For one thing, Jimmy Fargo has been mugged three times - twice for his bicycle and once for his money. Only he didn't have any to give the muggers. 

     I've never been mugged. But sooner or later I probably will be. My father's told me what to do. Give the muggers whatever they want and try not to get hit on the head. 

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review 2017-07-17 13:31
The Red Pyramid ★☆☆☆☆
The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan,Kevin R. Free,Katherine Kellgren

Boring with incredibly simplistic writing. Yes, I know it's middle grade fiction with children as the target audience, but so was the first Harry Potter and The Hobbit, which both offered immediately engaging characters, fascinating new-but-familiar worlds, and a sly humor that sucked me in immediately. This... didn't.

 

Audiobook via Audible. I gave it a full 30 minutes before I DNF'd.

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review 2017-07-01 19:51
Mostly Monsterly ★★★☆☆
Mostly Monsterly - Tammi Sauer

Although the concept of a little monster who doesn’t quite fit in at Monster School because she’s a little too sweet is kind of cute, it really didn’t connect for me. I guess I don’t see the fun in a monster girl who likes stereotypical little girl things. The illustrations were cute, though.

 

Hardcover, borrowed from my public library.

 

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review 2017-06-17 17:36
Me Want Pet! ★★★☆☆
Me Want Pet! - Tammi Sauer,Bob Shea

Cute story about a caveboy who desperately wants a pet, but every one that he brings home just isn't suitable for one reason or another. 

 

I liked the colors and illustrations, and I can see how the story could spark discussion/learning opportunities about pet ownership. I can even see how kids would have fun with the "cave language" but I actually found it a little obnoxious. I know it would drive me crazy by the second or third reading.

 

I'll probably knock this one off my purchase list for my neice's kids' library, but will definitely look at the others that are written and illustrated by Tammmy Sauer and Bob Shea.

 

Hardcover picture book, borrowed from my public library. 

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