Monday, January 31
Where Rainbows End Cecelia Ahern
Awful. The story was passable. Character voices were barely distinguishable. Characters didn't sound much different at age 15 and age 40. The correspondence style was only partially believable. I enjoy trash fiction on occasion, but not this poor.
Daughter of Fortune, Isabel Allende
I enjoyed this. Very distinct characters, writing flows, story is intriguing. After reading a couple of Allende's books though, I'm disappointed that I don't find her as great as many people do. Yet she writes very well and writes passionate and romantic tales without the convoluted mental gymnastics of Marquez and with more likeable characters. It's quite a journey our heroine takes, and I was pleased with the romantic twist.
Water, Stone, Heart, Will North
This was so dull. A romance brought to it's climax by a freak flood. The only aspect I enjoyed was recalling the magic of an area of England I adore (Cornwall). The romance was lukewarm and the general story-telling wet.
A Kitten Called Moonlight, Martin Waddell
A lovely, gentle story about a girl who spots a kitten all alone. She and her mummy go out to look for it, find it, and bring it back to their middle-class home. ahem
The constant 'mummy said' and 'the girl said' style is grating and I tend to skip most of it so that it flows better. But the story is sweet and wonderful for any child who loves animals and 'rescuing'.
Mog at the Zoo, Helen Nicoll
The Wildflower loves Meg & Mog antics from the TV series, which she only saw for the first time here in England. I always look for books connected to TV/DVDs, but I won't be buying more than the 3 she has now. They're really dull. Neither of us are interested.
The Gruffalo Magnet Book, Julia Donaldson
A nice gift for Gruffalo fans. Lots of magnets to play with. The downside is that there's not much to the book, and some of the pieces are tiny and easily lost (two searches already for the nut). It's also too big for travel, which in my mind is the selling point for magnet books.
The Tickle Book, Ian Whybrow
Many children enjoy pull-the-tab books and mine is one of them. I've searched around for the better ones and found a few. This one is very good. I'm sure she recognises the creatures, as a fan of Axel Scheffler illustrated books. Plenty to pull and poke at, and tickling fun between you and your child.
Meeow and the Pots and Pans, Sebastien Braun
My girl is a little old for this but still enjoyed it's simplicity. Reminds me of Maisy books - very simple text and story, with characters engaging in easily identifiable behaviours. I would have liked finding these (there's a few) for when she was 18mths or thereabouts.
Broken Bird, Michael Broad
A rather long tale of a bird who is 'different' and feels it. He leaves home and eventually finds a girl bird who is also different. In their mutual sadness they become friends and remain together ever after. I think this could be nice for children who are/feel different, especially in a physical way. A bit much for my 2.5yr-old.
Read anything good this month?
p.s, I'll get a month in review done in next two days. Join me if you like.