Thursday, November 19, 2009

Book Review: A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck

A Season of Giftsis the third Grandma Dowdel book. When a new preacher and his family move in next door to Grandma Dowdel, they never expected their ancient neighbor would be quite so much help - or is it trouble? Complete with haunted pumpkin patches, outhouse pranks, and Elvis, this hilarious collection of Grandma Dowdel stories will keep you laughing.

Things I Liked:
I just have to say, this book is nothing without Grandma Dowdel. She makes the book. I love the way she thinks and how no one knows quite what she intends, until she's finished whatever she is doing. I also became a fan of Ruth Ann - especialy trying to imagine a child imitating Grandma Dowdel. Here's a taste of the fun to be savored:
"Dad had already killed a hog snake coiled in the choir loft. He and the snake met up by chance, and all Dad could think of to do was drop a box of hymnals on its head." p.12
"I'm about a squat jump away from a loaded Winchester 21," Mrs. Dowdel replied, "and I'm tetchy as a bull in fly time." p.16
Things I Didn't Like:
I've got to admit I didn't quite enjoy this one as much as the previous two. The stories were not quite as gut-busting, but it was still excellent.

Definitely get your hands on A Long Way From Chicagoand A Year Down Yonder by Peck
Reminded me of the fun to be had in The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt

s-factor: none
new favorite word: hoo-boy
mrg-factor: none

v-factor: none

Overall rating: ****

What are some of your favorite funny books?

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  1. I got to meet Richard Peck at the SCBWI conference in L.A. It was truly the highlight of our time there. He was so personable, and talked to me and my friends for a good thirty minutes. I told him I had a book on submission, and he said, "And what are you doing in the meantime?"

    I said, "Writing."

    "Excellent," he said. But he said it like Sir Ian McKellan as Gandalf, or something. He makes everything sound so good!

  2. Brodi, how cool! I'm totally jealous. And I'm a big fan of Gandalf, so he sounds even cooler now.

  3. I love Peck's children's books. I've never heard of this series - will definitely have to check them out.

    I guess I don't read a lot of funny books, because I can't think of a favorite. Hmmm ... I should probably work on that.

  4. Oh, Susan you will absolutely love them! (I hope :)


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