Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Wonder- R.J. Palacio

Wonder

Summary
Goodreads puts it quite well.

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

Cons

I’m sure there are some because well, no book is perfect no matter how perfect it is. I just realized that made no sense, but hey ho I’ll just pretend you know what I mean 😛

Pros

Audience
This book can be read for anyone- just like any book to be honest. However, there does seem to be something special to this book, such that whoever you are, you can just connect to one of the characters. For example, when I read this book, although I fell in love with all of the characters, I particularly connected and understood Vi, Auggie’s sister (side note, I have a younger brother). I then recommended this book to my mum to read after she came asking for a book to read while on holiday, and although this is considered a “children’s book” she loved it (which just goes to prove that there should be no lower age limit for books). However, anyway, when my mum read it, unlike me, she at once connected with the mother of the child. It just goes to show how awesome this book is and how there is a piece of it that everyone can grow to love.

WonderPrecepts
If I heard them in real life or when I was younger I would have probably thought they were cliché (if I knew what that word meant as a kid ;)).

PoV
I loved how it didn’t just feature Auggie’s point of view but also all his friends and family. It just makes the book seem more 3D as the “baddie” is no longer the “baddie” and is just some kid who is trying too hard to make friends. Also, when we have a main character such as “Auggie” who doesn’t look “normal” we often ignore the other characters who are there, and at once sympathize with August rather than looking at who else his disfigurement also affects.

Favorite Quotes

  • “I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.”
  • “Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.”
  • “Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness”
  • “The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they’ve died. They’re like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs. Only instead of being made of stone, they’re made out of the memories people have of you.”
  • “Now that I look back, I don’t know why I was so stressed about it all this time. Funny how sometimes you worry a lot about something and it turns out to be nothing”

Overall
So anyway, in my opinion this book was amazing! 5 stars easily 🙂 but I really don’t think that this review can summarize how I really love this book.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

What do you do while trying to revise for exams? Procrastinate, of course! So, while I have some exams and modules and god knows what in the following weeks, I’m going to type up a review of a good book that I read ages ago, because you (whoever you are) are just so special. 😛
Hmm… Now I need to find a good book to make me happy.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
(Procrastination at its best.)

The Very Hungry CaterpillarSummary
There is a caterpillar. He’s hungry. It’s awesome.

Cons
I AM EMOTIONALLY ATTACHED.
I can’t give away my copy. It will never ever ever happen. Each time my mum does a clean up of what to give to charity, I can’t give it away. I am such a selfish person. I just love this book way too much.

Pros
IT IS MY CHILDHOOD
If you haven’t read it then YOU HAVE NO CHILDHOOD.
The covers of my book are so worn because I’ve read it so many times.
Hmm… here’s a funny story that just happened! When I tried to type worn, I accidentally typed worm instead. It’s like a pun! Get it?!
Another pun: This book is holy.
Like hole?!

The pictures are awesome
I love the caterpillar.

I would say the plot or the writing style or something, but it’s a kids book.

It’s a kids book
Like Percy Jackson or Skulduggery Pleasant. But MORE awesome.

Er… so I noticed that this was just me procrastinating and waiting time, so it’s nothing like a review. Okay. I’m going to get serious now.
HEHE. that is never going to happen (I will try though) <– the sad thing is that I actually laughed.

Symbolism
Sure, like when the caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly. It’s like people growing up and flowering and becoming awesome – like before and after reading The Knife of Never Letting Go:
Before – Your life will never be complete.
After – YOUR LIFE IS COMPLETE!

Favourite Quotes
Um… this could be a little hard considering it’s made out of short sentences and mainly pictures.

  • “In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.”
  • “On Saturday, he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon.”
  • “He was a beautiful butterfly!”

Overall
I may be a little biased, since, you know, I have loved this book since I could read and talk. So YEAH! 5 Shuriken Stars!
I would definitely recommend it; for me it’s up there with Chaos Walking and Unwind and that lot!