I’ve reviewed a new children’s picture book. Check out the post under the Book Reviews tab. Those of you who know me aren’t surprised, I’m sure. Merry Christmas.
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley is my newest favorite book. Check out my Book Review page to find out why I’ll be saving a spot on my bookshelf for the author’s soon to be published second novel.
I know it sounds like something you might scribble in a margin or find on a tote bag at a bookshop, but the headline refers instead to Ewan Fernie’s book Shakespeare for Freedom: Why the Plays Matter. I’ve reviewed it on my Book Reviews page. More review to come soon.
Barnes & Noble Neshaminy Mall will be hosting lots of teen authors this year. Starting on May 5, 2017 with Sarah J. Maas, and continuing through the spring with Tiffany Schmidt and Emery Lord at a later date. Updates to follow. Check out my Literary Events page for more details.
I’ve posted a new book review for The Dispatcher by John Scalzi! I love reading his books, and I intend to read more in the immediate future. It’s part mystery and part SF thriller. Short, this one qualifies as a novella, but the quality of the writing and the full page illustrations make it worth the read. Check out my review.
Hi all, I’m sorry for the delay. I’ve got a new book review posted. It’s on the new book by Jennifer Donnelly. It’s a tie in to the Beauty and The Beast films and a fun read for kids. Check it out on the Book Reviews page. I’m reading several books right now. I like to read several things at once. Whatever I finish first, I’ll be reviewing here. I’m also planning to update the Links page. Keep reading!
When I posted a brief review of a children’s book and mentioned that parents should beware because of some of the language, I didn’t expect I’d have to explain myself.
The book in question is sold to children between the ages of 7-12. That is a wide range, but classification of readership depends on the child’s reading abilities. Every child develops at their own rate.
I don’t believe in censorship.
I do believe in parental responsibilities.
Deciding when I child should be exposed to language the use of which might just get them a trip to the principal’s office is a decision for each child’s parents or guardians. It’s a parent’s job to determine when their child is mature enough for certain language. At the very least a parent needs to inform/educate a child that some places are more appropriate for that sort of language than others. This is not censorship so much as it is self-restraint.
As a reviewer, my job is to supply the parent with what he or she needs to make an informed decision. It’s not up to publishers, critics, or even teachers. It’s a choice each parent makes, and I’m sure it’s not an easy one.
A few curse words are fine when used in a correct responsible manner. I’ve never believed it should be peppered throughout a book–even an adult book–unless it’s an inherent part of the character in question.
By the same token, I am reminded of something Sid Caesar once said. “If you use that sort of language just to say hello, what do you say when you’re mad?”
There are three authors appearing at the Barnes & Noble in Neshaminy Mall this week. First up is Garth Nix. Then Claire LeGrand and Victoria Scott. Check out my Literary Events page for details and spread the word.
Check out my book review page and my events page. I’ve added a review of another kids book. This one is a Marvel title due to be released in October. There are two author events listed under Literary Events.
Local Author Scott Washburn will be signing copies of his books at Barnes & Noble in the Neshaminy Mall on July 23, 2016 at 6:00 PM. Watch this space for reviews of The Terran Consensus and The Great Martian War. Come on out to support him and to participate in Barnes & Noble’s Get Pop Cultured events.