I am up to March of 2008 in my indexing, and it is a bit tricky, because I want an index of reviews, not an index of reviews along with responses/remarks/embarrassing dreck.
I can't decide, for instance, if I should include what I wrote about The Missing Piece, by Shel Silverstein--the only post I've ever written that elicited a truly impassioned negative response from a general audience member!
Here's what I said:
"I was very happy yesterday to find that someone had donated a lovely copy of Shel Silverstein's book, The Missing Piece
(1970, Scholastic 1995) [to the library booksale]. I was even happier when my seven year old
seized it and started reading out loud to us. For the first two thirds
of the book, I was day dreaming about the glowing blog entry I would
write about it. Then, betrayal. Total betrayal.
The story is as
follows- a happy-face (in profile) shaped piece is looking for his
missing triangle. He rolls through the world, slowly because of the
missing piece, smelling flowers, meeting various insects, and then
encountering various triangles, one of whom doesn't want his identity
subsumed by a larger shape, and many who just don't fit. At last he
finds a triangle who fits beautifully, and is willing to enter into a
relationship, and both shapes are happy. But not for long.
the new triangle in place, the shape now rolls quickly, too fast for
nature appreciation. So what does the original shape do? Does he say,
"Let's stop for a while, and rest, and I'll explore a bit but come back
to you?" NO! He leaves the poor triangle, who looks sad and stunned, in
the dust, and totally abandons it! What a jerk. The message of the story
becomes this--if your partner in a relationship holds you back from
doing the things you liked pre-relationship, dump your partner without
apology. I'm just glad they hadn't had any kids."
Gosh, I still am sore about the poor triangle.
this, more happy, book post, about I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean:
"It was just as good as I had hoped it would be. It is, in fact, the best picture book I’ve read since Scaredy Squirrel. The
“biggest thing in the ocean” is a Giant Squid, who smugly says on the
jacket flap, “I’m bigger than this book!” Encounters with other sea
creatures bolster his conviction that he’s the biggest, until the much,
much larger Humpback Whale appears—bye bye squiddy. This is a powerfully
illustrated scene (in a bright and playful way), showing the squid’s
tentacles dangling horrifically from the whale’s mouth. We were a bit
taken aback. Was squiddy gone for good?
No! On the
next page, there he was inside the whale, with all the other sea
creatures, looking sad and bewildered, but then --- “I’m the biggest
thing in the whale!”
And don’t neglect to look at the back of the book -- “I’m bigger than this bar code!” says Squid, gleefully.
a nutshell, I might have to actually spend my own money on another copy
of this book. My 4 year old does not want it to go to the library, and
the fact that we are going to keep the complimentary bath clings with
which it came does not mollify him. I don’t think that bath clings are
really something that should circulate, somehow…"
Which no one commented on. Sob.
I'd forgotten this cheerful (not) book, Mass Extinction: Examining the Current Crisis, by Tricia Andryszewski: "Leafing through it with my children, I had to close it quickly when we got to the picture of the seven legged frog."
And the whole reading through back posts becomes intolerable for the moment when I get to a post wherein I had an embarrassing brain freeze and the author of the book I was talking about was unhappy.
Life is so much better now that I am peacefully reading middle grade fantasy and science fiction. Today's happy book--Stolen Magic, by Stephanie Burgis, whose publication day it is!