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.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Reporter's Review: the treasure map of boys, by e. lockhart

Overall Grade: B-
Delacorte, July 2009

In her Junior year of highschool, Ruby Oliver has a lot to deal with, mostly concerning her own confusing feelings about the boys in her school, but also her own confusing feelings about her friends, her ex-friends, and a cutesy bake-sale that she wants to un-cutesy-fy. Basically, she has the problems of any teenager…only…probably a little weirder than just any teenager.
e. lockhart created a very funny and believable character in Ruby, though the secondary characters are a little harder to swallow at times. The book was easy to read as well as entertaining, in a sort of after-school sitcom kind of way: it was funny, but they’re not gonna be doing reruns five years from now. If you like this type of book, enjoy it while it lasts.

Literary Quality: C (Trust me, the author didn’t even try to make this a literary novel)
Plot: C
Voice: A
Originality: B
Descriptive Ability: B
Humor: A
Illustrations: n/a
Believability of Characters: A
Believability of Situations: A-
Overall Reading Enjoyment: B

Possibly objectionable topics*: crude language, sexuality, mental health issues

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