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.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Reporter's Review: A Kiss in Time, by Alex Flinn

Harper Teen, 2009
Overall Grade: B

When Princess Talia meets her fate and touches a spindle on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, she falls into a deep sleep—like, 300 years deep. She wakes up to the kiss of a seventeen-year-old American tourist Jack—and he’s the only person more surprised than she is. When her father blames her for the country’s deplorable state, Talia flees with Jack to America, to face his fears, fight against the dangerous fairy who cursed her, and find love along the way.
A Kiss in Time was a creatively thought-out story, with many humorous moments and some good points made from something as small as the ridiculous societal views of beauty to something as grand as the universality of love or the power of forgiveness. Unfortunately, much of the character development didn’t ring true, particularly in the case of the male protagonist, Jack. It often felt as though in an attempt to create a “realistic modern guy,” Ms Flinn reverted to the stereotypical romantic-chick-flick version of a guy who has a lot of growing up to do. It was hard to believe that someone with such a depraved nature as Jack begins with could actually develop into a chivalrous, selfless young man by the end—and, frankly, portraying him as better than the average guy was rather insulting to young men in general. However, the story can be enjoyed for its interesting plot and funny depiction of what would happen if two cultures, three centuries apart, suddenly converged.

Literary Quality: B
Plot: A
Voice: B
Originality: A
Descriptive Ability: B
Humor: A-
Illustrations: n/a
Believability of Characters: C
Believability of Situations: B
Overall Reading Enjoyment: B

Possibly objectionable topics*: kissing (not intense); inappropriate touching (viewed as wrong); underage drinking (viewed as normal); mild language; objectification of women

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