Wednesday, July 27, 2011

How to be a Werewolf by Serena Valentino –PUBLIC ONLY

Valentino, Serena How to be a Werewolf, 144 pgs. Candlewick, 2011. $11.69. Language-G; Violence-G; Sexual Content-G).
The author presents every single thing a person who thinks they might be, knows they are, or hopes to be a werewolf. A broad span of topics that cover: the legends, today’s wolf breed descriptions, types of werewolves, how to become one, historical people who claimed the affliction, how to dress, what to eat, how to party, and popular media.
This book was so informative I almost forgot that it was mostly fictional. It was stuffed with absolutely great artwork, photos, and great formatting in lots of eye catching varieties. The writing itself was inventive and intriguing. Despite being a popular genre, I ran into a wall as to the intended reader. An 8-10 year old might be the perfect age group, but the book recommends the HBO TV show True Blood, which is as close to an X rating as a TV show can get. (Author calls it 'sultry') Older students would hesitate at the cheese factor. (But might like an actual book distilling just the historical legends and figures).
MS – PUBLIC ONLY. Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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