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.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Best Buy Geeks not really helping you...?

Here are my Christmas gift picks (with a much smaller pricetag):

For the hopeless romantic: Catching Fire; The Espressologist

For the geek: The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading

For the reluctant boy reader: Bobby vs. Girls, Accidentally; Crows and Cards

For the early reader: Bobby vs Girls, Accidentally

For the adventure lover: Catching Fire; Dreamdark: Silksinger

For the fairy tale afficianado: Forest Born; Fortune's Folly; The Amaranth Enchantment

For the historical fiction buff: When the Whistle Blows; Winnie's War; A Season of Gifts; Al Capone Shines My Shoes; Carolina Harmony

For adults who think kid books aren't as great as adult books: Catching Fire; Forest Born; A Season of Gifts; When the Whistle Blows; Marcelo in the Real World

For anyone who just loves great books: Heart of a Shepherd, When the Whistle Blows; The Year the Swallows Came Early; Umbrella Summer

Any other ideas?

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