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review 2018-04-02 13:55
What Janie Found
What Janie Found - Caroline B. Cooney

This book isn't as engrossing as the others were for me. I kept spacing out and thinking of other things to do. It seemed to ramble on and go nowhere. In the end it did end up going nowhere but I suppose the trip itself was a trip they needed to take. The journey itself was the destination and a solution was found to their dilemma.

 

Additional thoughts....

So, I didn't read these books in school like so many people did.  I might be too old by a smidge.  I vaguely remember my mother in law watching the TV show while we were visiting when my husband and I were either recently married or maybe about to be.  I looked it up and watched it online and was surprised when I recognized the last half.  When I read the first few books I read the old version but this one was the new version.  I actually listened to an audio book and not the one linked here.  I was just lazy.  Anyway, it was weird to me that Janie had a cell phone.  Is it so bad to leave books alone and let kids experience the past the way it really was.  Sure, they may be shocked that people had to find a payphone to make a call or look through paper logs and records or books in libraries to find information about people, places or things.  It is still educational though.  Leave the books alone.  I don't think it is necessary to try to make them fit the present.

 

 

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review 2016-05-16 15:33
Time Warp Trio: Knights of the Kitchen Table Book Review
Knights of the Kitchen Table - Jon Scieszka,Lane Smith

This is the perfect transnational book series for kids in grades kindergarten through second. I, as an adult and librarian loved it. It has a little something for everyone and is great to recommend to reader's looking for books similar to the Magic Tree House Series.

 

Joe gets a book for his birthday. But its not just any book its a magical book! They are suddenly taken back in time to Camelot and his knights. There are giants, dragons and evil creatures trying to get into Camelot's castle. It's up to Joe and his friends to save the day and somehow figure out how to get back home!

 

Every kid dreams about going back in time to the dinosaurs, to medieval times and more. This is the perfect series that delves into that. Their short, funny and great for that reader that is not quite ready for a lengthy chapter book. Definitely going to be recommending.

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review 2015-07-05 15:02
Time Warp Trio: Me Oh Maya
[ Me Oh Maya #13 (Time Warp Trio (Puffin Paperback) #13) ] By Scieszka, Jon ( Author ) [ 2005 ) [ Paperback ] - Jon Scieszka

If you've got a child who likes basketball, the New York Knicks, adventure, or quick reads, check out the Time Warp Trio. They are always good for a hearty laugh and some interesting historical tidbits. When I saw that there was a Time Warp Trio book about the ancient Maya, of course I had to read it!

 

I've been wondering how to incorporate aspects of Maya culture in my own writing for children, so I was interested in how Scieszka managed. I was impressed at how he included specific snippets without bogging down the story.

 

* A priest standing at the top of El Castillo/ The Temple of Kukulkan can be heard by people in the plaza below through a trick of acoustics. I have not been able to confirm this in informational reading, but I'm still looking. The World Book Mysteries of the Maya (Enigmas of History series) does mention that a person clapping at the base of the north stairs can produce an echo that sounds like the chirp of the quetzl bird.

 

* Through a trick of light and shadows, the serpent appears to be crawling down the side of the pyramid. This is true, though most noticeably on the Fall Equinox. 

 

I was also struck at how Scieszka handled blood sacrifice: One of the boys had a bloody nose that appeased the God; the boy was hailed as having mercy for his opponents by sparing their lives.

 

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review 2015-06-05 07:33
Finished, thankfully. Siiiigh.
Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel,Kirsten Potter

This was massively disappointing. And it could have been brilliant. It had that potential. The premise was great, particularly what caused the fall of civilization. But that was all wasted with all the irrelevant nonsense that had nothing to do with the premise. An ungodly amount of time was spent on only marginally relevant characters years and years and years before the apocalypse. And the story would keep going back to years before and the utterly mundane details of the lives of barely relevant people. Like history and journey of everything they had in the decades after the fall had to be explained in excruciating detail including everything happening the lives and work of the person then. I can't even adequately explain how ridiculous it was. Especially in addition to the jumping all over the place in time.

 

The real killer is when the story was focused on civilization falling, the direct aftermath, and the story a few decades after it was great. I was really into what was happening and the world Mandel set up. But then it'd come to a grinding halt and we'd be in the past being bored to tears. I actually started screaming, "WHO THE FUCK CARES?!" at it in my car. So much time was wasted that could have been spent weaving a rich and fulfilling story in the aftermath. The resolution of the Prophet could have been better if given the proper time. Even in the last thirty minutes of the audiobook, most of that time was spent on the last two days in the life of the actor who died at the beginning of the book and who was, for some reason, the lynchpin connecting most of the characters. Almost no time was left to wrap up the relevant stories. And so much freaking time was spent excruciatingly establishing intersecting paths between these characters and then we didn't get to see them unravel those connections.

 

 Damn.

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text 2015-06-03 14:03
63% — My thoughts during a lot of this book right now . . .
Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel,Kirsten Potter

 

There is is so much extraneous story about this actor's life and people connected to him! Why?? It's so unnecessary and aggravating.

 

We're in the collapse with our leads story going, she's looking at a book about the actor's life then it's a chapter excerpting the book, then it's back in time to his second ex-wife letting a friend of his know about the book, then it's about the friend's feelings on the book, then it's the friend interviewing a random secretary about her boss for his job THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING AND YET GOES ON AND ON AND ON.

 

WHO

 

FUCKING

 

CARES?!?!

 

What relevance does this have to the story??

 

Now the chapters are all over the place in the present and the past and it's so annoying! This book had so much potential.

 

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