Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ten Things I Love About You by Daniel Kirk- NOT RECOMMENDED

Kirk, Daniel Ten Things I Love About You. PICTURE BOOK.  $16.99.  Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012. Content: G. Pig and Rabbit are best friends.  Pig wants to show Rabbit how much he appreciates their friendship by writing a list of 10 things he loves about Rabbit.  When he begins working on his list, Pig goes to Rabbits house to show him.  Unfortunately, he has only thought of one item and listed it on the paper.  Pig hopes that Rabbit can help him finish the list.  Rabbit is busy and tries to persuade Pig to go home and finish the list by himself.  Attempt after attempt Pig tries to finish the list with Rabbits help. Rabbit becomes more and more frustrated and annoyed.  At the end of the story we find that Rabbit is busy because he is also making his own list of things he loves about Pig.  The idea of this story is cute, but the execution didn’t work for me.  The entire time I am reading I am thinking that Rabbit isn’t a very nice friend. Pig has explained what he is doing and Rabbit is nothing but rude and insensitive.  Even when we find that Rabbit was making a list about Pig, it didn’t help calm the feelings of shock at how Rabbit was mistreating Pig when Pig was trying to do something nice for him.  The illustrations are sweet but it didn’t outweigh the lack of substance in the story line.   Pre-K.  EL (K-3).  NOT RECOMMENDED.  Reviewer: SL.

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