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Children's book should be more than this
on March 12, 2012
I've grown out of childhood, therefore children's book aren't really my first attraction. However, I'd think any parent (which I'm not) would like their children to read quality books.
My grievance toward any children books is perhaps the plain and uninteresting character of the protagonist. So far, Molly provides nothing interesting to me, other than being a tomboyish, outspoken, and precocious third grader. Her personality is sometimes a bit unrealistic, like, who would shout nasty things at another girl or being really mean in front of a parent. Also, her conviction of having Tiddles locked up in the house at night is touching, but at the same time sounds like a "dumb" plot. I know the audience for the book are children, but the dialogues sounds a little... rough and at times dumb. I wasn't aware third-grade girls had such rivalry (yep, I can tell they're one their way of becoming teenagers at the age of ten). Maybe I'm wrong and I don't know what kids think about these days.
One thing I like was that the author explained wildlife through dialogues, it is a very educational book. I bet you'll learn a lot about wildlife preservation, how to take care of animals, and the important jobs of carers. It's also very overwhelmingly warm and happy that an eight-year old should care so much about a little animal. It says a lot about Molly's personality. She's strong, compassionate, passionate, headstrong, and stubborn about many things. But in the end, she's a good girl.
Molly gets into a lot of trouble, I mean, a lot. She cannot help it. However, the responses of the adults are not consistent. Molly's father seems like a pretty cool and kind father, but sometimes he acts sterns and then goes back to just "sighing" at her if she does something wrong. Mrs. Ramsbottom personality is extravagant and exaggerated, as in, everything hilarious, mean, and bipolar was thrown together and BAM! the result was the headmistress. The grandmother is a very kind and nice lady, her personality often confuses me too. I cannot imagine her being harsh and stomping her cane on the floor (like when she did when Molly locked herself in her room after being rescued from the rundown cottage).
I'm happy it had a happy ending. It kinda closed full-circle Molly's wishes of having Furbles in her garden. Despite what I said, this is a good book for children, very easy to read, accessible to young kids. It teaches them about nature and how to care for animals and how important it is to be diligent in a task you think it's worth accomplishing. In this case, it was Molly's wishes and conviction to save little Furbles from Tiddles.
Now, for the technical part. There were some typos, missing punctuation, and misspelled words. I can name a few that I noticed and remember:
Chapter nineteen: aloud was written instead of allowed.
one of the last chapters "and" was spelled "amd". Minor things, easily fixable with a second careful re-read.
I am aware of the intended audience for the book, but maybe it's a good idea to expand the vocabulary a little bit. Words and phrases such as "scowled", "chew the inside of her cheek", "clasped her hands under her chin", etc. are repeated all over the book. Variety is key.
It is also advisable to use sensory details a little bit more. There's just action: "Molly did this and then that. She then took this and put it there", etc. Again, variety is key.
Overall, good story, just needs a little bit of polishing and proofreading.
I'm no expert, but as an avid and honest reader, I think it can be better (as with everything in life).
I really hope this review was helpful! I'm open to critiques about my review because I'm not perfect and I'm willing to listen to what other people think about what I have to say.