Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication date: September 2011
Things I Liked:
The experience! I loved reading and then watching the stories unfold. The illustrations that tell Rose's story were almost more vivid than the words describing Ben's story. It was a pleasure to read and watch the two different characters' stories collide and intertwine in unexpected ways. The whole reading experience was great fun and completely different from anything I've read before (with the possible exception of The Invention of Hugo Cabret). So much fun and such a great story, an especially good pick for reluctant readers, since those illustrations can really draw you into the story and keep you reading.
Things I Didn't Like:
I thought the story stumbled in a few places and if it had been all text, I might have lost interest. But with the unique way it's told and the beautiful illustrations, I had to keep going. (And I'm probably the only non-raving reviewer of this one - it seems everyone else adored it!) A delightful new book!
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick is the only thing I can think of quite like it
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
that I recall
just some wondering about parentage
maybe a little frightening in places, but nothing violent
Overall rating: ****
Do you ever wonder about all those books that fall below your adoring level, but are still good? Do you forget about them or remember to recommend them?
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