Monday, January 18, 2016
I guess it's the telling of the story that was my biggest problem with it. In trying to speak in a child's voice, Wakling imitates Junie B Jones, and tries to use funny ways of describing events and things. I get it. I love listening to children talk. I could tell you dozens of stories in which the children I love have said ridiculous things that make me laugh. However, to read them continually just got tedious. I felt like the author was trying so hard to create a book in a child's voice that he totally got lost.
I do have to admit that I was curious as to how the book would end, so I kept reading it until the very last sentence. Then I quickly returned the book to the public library. I wouldn't call it "engaging" or "brilliant". I guess I would call it "tedious". Yes, the events in this story probably could happen to any family. Yes, there were a few times when I smiled or even laughed at Billy's malapropisms. But I tired of it quickly and certainly felt ready to move along.