Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: September 2011
For: Fun (and because it won the Newbery)
Things I Liked:
What a fun and interesting story! I really liked Jack and especially Mrs. Voelker, who is the life of this story. She is the Grandma Dowdel of the book. There were lots of fun, quirky characters and I loved seeing the world of the 1960s from the eyes of a kid. The writing was excellent, with some seriously great imagery and similes. Check out the quotes below for a taste (ok, they're mostly just funny parts). Not to mention, some of the stories are simply hilarious - I can totally picture Mr. Spizz riding around on his adult tricycle. Definitely will be remembering these stories for a long time!
I was a nosebleeder. The moment something startled me or whenever I got excited or spooked about any little thing blood would spray out of my nose holes like dragon flames. p 8
"I've only driven a tractor," I said nervously. "I don't know if I can really drive a car."Things I Didn't Like:
"It's the same," she said. "Just go slow and it won't matter if you hit anything."
"But what if I slowly drive off a cliff?" I asked.
"You'll have more time to pray before you hit the bottom," she said impatiently. "Now try to be a man and let's get going." p 102
Honestly, I thought it was boring. Yes, there were funny stories and interesting things happened, but a lot of the time, there was nothing to keep me invested. Also, it was a very all-over-the-place kind of book; I wasn't exactly sure what the point of the narrative was or often where the story was going. It was fairly episodic, but not necessarily in a good way. Instead of being completely impressed with this book, I felt it was just good, despite the fun I had reading it. Now I really wish Okay for Now had taken the Newbery.
The Wednesday Wars and Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt
A Long Way From Chicago and A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
maybe one or two
well, there are some people dying
Overall rating: ****
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