Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Land of Neverbelieve by Norman Messenger –NOT RECOMMENDED

Messenger, Norman  The Land of Neverbelieve 32 pgs. Candlewick, 2012. $12.23.  (Rating: G)
Yet another journal of an explorer. The narrator has visited an island that has disappeared –perhaps even walking away. But he left with his sketchbook, so that is what the reader is presented with. Also little snippets of information. There are beautiful places, cute inhabitants, and some scary Spooky Dark Mountains.
 There isn't much to say about this, I guess it would make a decent coffee table book, but as for students? No way. There is NO PLOT and NO STORY. I think the worst thing about that is that the reader is baited with these scary mountains, but nothing comes of it besides a description!! Even the creative illustrations get boring after a while since the colors are so monotone. A student may flip through this but I don’t recommend it for purchase for your school library. Yawn.
ELEMENTARY, MS –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie School Librarian & Author.

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