Monday, September 21, 2009

Book Review - Ted by Tony DiTerlizzi

Ted Ted by Tony DiTerlizzi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ted is a pink, raspberry loving, game playing creature who might or might not be real. But he is real enough to the little boy he befriends. They play Monopoly Twister and have fun with everything they do. Too bad the boy's father does not believe in "imaginary" friends. Or does he?
I loved this book. It is short and simply but strikes right at your heart. You quickly get the just of the story - a little boy greatly in need of some fun and a friend and whose father is too distant for either.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Book Review - The Entertainer and the Dybbuk by Sid Fleischman

The Entertainer and the Dybbuk The Entertainer and the Dybbuk by Sid Fleischman

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Freddie T. Burch, better known as Fredde the Great, is a down-n-out ventriloquist working his way through Europe 3 years after the end of WWII. He is not a very good ventriloquist, his lips keep moving. Then he runs into a dybbuk, a Jewish spirit or ghost who's troubles keep him from moving on. This dybbuk is named Avrom Poliakov and he is a 12 year old boy killed by the Nazis before his bar mitzvah. And now Avrom wants something of Freddie. What Avrom wants just might be the last thing Freddie ever does.
I liked this book. The subject matter is heartwrenching - the killing of Jewish children by the Nazis, often as sport. However, the whole time I was reading the book I felt like it was just skimming the surface. I kept wanting more depth - to the characters and to the plot. I don't know if Fleischman kept it shallow because he was writing for kids, but even so, it only seems to touch the surface of the story.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Book Review - So Few of Me by Peter H. Reynolds

So Few of Me So Few of Me by Peter H. Reynolds

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Have you ever felt like no matter how hard you work and how long, there is always more to do? Well, take some time; sit down and read So Few of Me by Peter H. Reynolds. It will help give you perspective on the overwhelming feelings we often feel in a fast pace world. Leo is a busy lad, and his list of things to do keeps growing and growing. As his work load grows, so do the number of Leos, until there are 10 Leos who each brings more work with him. Does adding more Leos help the original get the work done, or is there truly another solution to the problem? You will just have to read the book to find out, but it is worth the time out to do so!

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