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review 2017-12-06 13:00
The Broccoli Tapes by Jan Slepian
The Broccoli Tapes - Jan Slepian

I read this when I was a child, most likely between the ages of 10-13. I remember really liking it, as I enjoyed books told in diary format, and this book is told through recordings made on cassette tapes, which as a child I thought was the neatest idea ever.


**I'm super vague, but this could be a spoiler**


Toward the middle of the book something happens that would make most people cry, then at the end of the book something else happened that make people cry. The first thing is something I think you would be more upset by, but I was more upset by the last thing. I felt depressed, bawled like a baby and needed something to cheer me up after.

(spoiler show)

The thing that happened at the end... I forgot it was coming. How did child me handle it, I wonder?

I love that this book could still make me have such a strong emotional reaction. It held up with time, though obviously dated with usage of tapes. Everything else is still very relatable.

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review 2012-06-28 00:00
The Hungry Thing - Jan Slepian,Ann Seidler,Richard E. Martin The title and opening page of this book looked like it was going to be really creepy -- maybe even too creepy for little kids! But instead it was just stupid. I don't know if it was supposed to be funny (it wasn't) or educate kids about language (not sure how) but it was silly and boring. The text was so repetitive and uninteresting I started skimming, and given how short the book is that's saying something! Didn't get the point of this one at all.
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