Monday, January 6, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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I am going to try something new. I am going to have more structure to my reviews because when I am considering a book and find a review with everything laid out it is so helpful! 

Here goes! 


Cute little book. Not riveting and the 3rd person narrative style was a little awkward. But a fun, short read. 

AR level: 5.0
Grade appropriate: 3rd & up

Overall: 3/5-- fun, cute
Creativity: 4/5-- It felt like snapshots of the life of the Van Gogh Cafe which is unique in children's lit. 
Characters: 2/5-- I did not get attached to the characters, but they were likable. 
Engrossing: 2/5-- I did read it in one day, but that was more attributed it it's length.
Writing: 2/5-- the story telling style was a little awkward. 
Appeal to kids: 3/5-- honestly, the length will make it very appealing to reluctant readers. 
Appropriate length to tell the story: there was a definite story which can be tricky in a book so short. 

Language: none
Sexuality: none
Violence: none; one old man dies naturally & very peacefully in the cafe. Handled well, not disturbing. 
Drugs/Alcohol: none

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