Monday, August 13, 2007

Reviews from the NYPL's summer readers

In Olde New York, they have a Summer Reading web site to encourage said reading and to help folks choose and discuss age-appropriate books (Birth to 5, Kids, Teens, Adults).

The site's users also write reviews of books they've read, which can be very enlightening when kids are doing the reviewing. (Or rather, being forced to write reviews. At least that's the impression I get from reading through them all. I envision grumpy but well-intentioned adults looming over them as they type.) In addition to the many blush-inspiring rave reviews of Babymouse: Our Hero, there were also some reviews that make me think that, just perhaps, the kids never actually read Babymouse: Our Hero:

Every Body Loves her she is the towns #1 hero she saved five people in the story.

She first has a bad day. Then one day someone needs help and she helps that person. So she becomes "Babymouse Our Hero".

Baby mouse gets fear in volleyball.So he beats them up. He won alot of tropies.Then later he lost power and energy at playing volleyball.So he got tired and quit volleyball


Then there are the brutal reviews (but at least they're short; the beating doesn't go on too long):

It was bad.

the story was soso because it didn’t have alot of details.


Then there's this one:

BABY MOUSE WAS THINKING ABOUT BEING PRESIDEAN BUT HER FRIEND SAID" NO WAY".HER LOOKER BURP! SHE WAS SAD,SHE MISSED SCHOOL AND SHE WAS LATE.SHE WAS THINKING WHAT IS FOUR TIMES ONEHUNDRED AND EIGHTYNINE.SHE HATES SCHOOL SO MUCH.


She hates school so much! I hope the book's a bit more nuanced than that.

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