Things I Liked:
Each of the individual stories are very fun, full of silly things that happen. The humorous and sometimes sarcastic comments from the parents, the tongue-in-cheek humor, and the delightful adventures are what makes each of these stories a delight to read. I think these stories are best for reading aloud and in small increments (they can get a bit repetitive if read all at once).
Things I Didn't Like:
I admit I had a hard time getting through this one and ended up not finishing it (for Cybils). I was bothered that there appeared to be no real progression from story to story, that they didn't relate to each other much other than the characters were the same. I suppose this is expected as it is a collection of short stories. I also found that some of the language was archaic and strange, rather difficult to understand at time. I'm not sure how much appeal they will have to kids now, but I know many people who grew up with them adore them still. But, I think they might appeal to advanced kids who like quirky read-alouds.
A little like the humor in the Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
Overall rating: ***
Britt at Confessions of a Book Habitue asked whether some of our childhood favorites will appeal to kids today. What do you think?
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