Thursday, October 30, 2014
This was actually a great read, with tons of information. The author does a great job really illuminating how much of the world we humans miss by having such boring noses. She breaks all my pre-conceived notions about the limitations of sniffer dogs. However, this book drove me nuts. It was one giant run on sentence, with no real defined chapter breaks, just page after page of text. There was much repetition of concepts, like training, types of dogs, and types of sniffers, it was as if a different person was writing and didn’t realize the first person had already detailed that same thing. Because of this, the book is not student friendly in the slightest. There is nothing to help guide a reader (especially for elementary); no variety of text, no excerpt blocks, no concepts or definitions clearly marked. The pages are different colors but it’s totally unrelated to so-called chapters and just added to my confusion. The pictures are wonderful, and are actually the dogs that are being written about, which believe it or not can be a problem with kids non-fiction.
EL, MS -OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Gaiman, Neil The
Graveyard Book (Graphic Novel Version: Volume 1) 192 pgs. HarperCollins, 2014. $19.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears);
Mature Content: G Violence: PG13. GRAPHIC NOVEL
I absolutely did not care for this book. It was dark in a completely depressing and dismal way. The artwork is nightmare inducing and I would never give this book to an elementary student, though I think middle school students would find that imaginary friend plot a bit juvenile. My life was better before I read this book.
EL -NO Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.