Sunday, October 17, 2010
Rocks My Socks: I love that the story is told from the perspective of a beetle. It's a fun and unique perspective that you don't see that often. I'm also always a sucker for stories that glorify the little guy because I can readily identify with them. James doesn't have a typical home life: his parents are divorced and his mother has re-married and had another child, and the relationship between them isn't always smooth. It's good to read stories about non-traditional families. The plot of the art theft is engrossing and fascinating. My favorite part of the story, though, was the relationship between James and Marvin. It's heart-warming without being saccharine and leads them both to grow and discover new things about themselves, as all great friendships do.
Rocks In My Socks: The book is billed as a mystery, but I don't think that the mystery is really the central plot element. The mystery does pick up a bit towards the end and lead to some more fast-paced action, but if anything this made the book feel a bit uneven to me. The human adults also seemed a bit unrealistic to me and suffer from the popular juvenile fiction sickness of Useless Adult Syndrome to some degree.
Every Book Its Reader: Ages 8 and up. Both the main characters are boys, but the book is pretty gender neutral. Great fun for any gender or age! I think it would make a great read-aloud for a class. I would especially recommend it to anyone with an interest in the art world, but really this kind of light-hearted adventure could be enjoyed by anyone.
Masterpiece by Elise Broach