We don't do stars... We don't do thumbs... We read children's books and grade them in 10 categories: literary quality plot voice originality 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.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Vote for your favorite in the Newbery Poll!
To participate in our very own, very small-scale, mock-Newbery...cast your vote in the poll to the right before 11 pm, January 17th (Sunday)!
We'll send the winner--well, an email. With the picture of a medal. :)
We humbly present this blog in the hope that it will be of assistance to: I. parents, teachers, librarians, store owners and curious individuals in their book-selecting experience II. authors, both unpublished and published, in honing their critiquing abilities and providing an honest assessment of their work III. book editors and publishers, to honor them for publishing things that are great, and to express our wonderment that the bad ones ever got to see the light of day
We make no judgments one way or the other as to whether or not objections should be made to these topics, but provide this information merely in the hope that it will prove useful to discerning readers, and their parents and teachers.
Questions, comments, or suggested books to review?