We don't do stars...
We don't do thumbs...
We read children's books and grade them in 10 categories:
literary quality
descriptive ability
humor (if attempted)
illustrations (if present)
believability of characters
believability of situations
overall reading enjoyment

There is no grading curve. There are no points for classroom participation. There is no extra credit.
If you disagree, come speak to us after class.

The Grading System

A+.....this means (guess what) we think it's great. So great it surprised even us.
A.....this means it's pretty darn good. A book we'd recommend to just about everyone we know.
B.....better than most. Not exactly Shakespeare for kids, though, if you get our drift.
C.....mediocre. Like the color beige, it didn't stand out.
D.....we didn't like it. There were more bad aspects than good ones.
F.....it reeked of badness. We read it over and over when we are in dire need of hysterical laughter.
F-.....We're pretty sure Dante had a circle of hell for the people who wrote these...and a lower circle for those who published them.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Children's Book Reporter: Book Reports for Children's Books

Have we mentioned why we're here? We've noticed a striking lack of book reviews that analyze children's books in any depth. When we want to find a good book to read, we want to know a lot more about it than whether someone "liked" it or not--liking, you must agree is extremely subjective. We hope to provide reviews that give more information than this. Yes, we will say whether or not we liked it...but we will also tell you why in as much detail as we can put and still be entertaining.
Please post a comment here and let us know what you think of our system!

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