Monday, May 28, 2012

Emily and Carlo by Mary Rhodes Figley –NOT RECOMMENDED

Figley, Mary Rhodes and Illustrated by Stock, Catherine Emily and Carlo 32 pgs, Charlesbridge Publishing 2012. $11.96.  (Rating: G)
This picture book shows the interactions of poet Emily Dickinson and her much loved dog Carlo. They spent all their time together and Emily mentions him frequently in her writing and poetry. Then he dies.
A picture book for students too young to read the poetry of Emily Dickinson, it makes no sense to me. The story was stilted and boring. Then the dog dies, and it’s the end of the story. Did I mention the art was dated and drab?  I wouldn’t add this book to my collection.
EL –NOT RECOMMENDED Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate & Author.

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