I haven’t really felt like reading much this week since I’ve got an exam coming up and I didn’t want to forget everything I’ve memorised, so I thought I’d read this one since it’s fairly short. Anyway, I didn’t really enjoy it all that much. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s for kids and I’m obviously not a kid, or if it was because I had seen the movie so I already knew everything in the book or if it was actually just boring. I don’t know.
For children I think it’s really great. I’m sure they’d get a kick out of it, even though I don’t think the content is very appropriate. I mean, spoilers but the old man is drunk all the time and tries to marry a 14 year old girl and calls himself her father... It’s very disturbing. And I remember loving the movie as a kid (I think I was 7/8 when I saw it) and it's pretty much the same, but looking back at it now I just can't even.
I liked that the book had definitions (not for me, for the kids). Even though he would define something like “rickety” and not “retained” which to me seems like more of a difficult word that some kids wouldn’t know. I don't know I just think if you're going to define certain words, at least do all the difficult ones not just some of them.
I also like how the story is narrated. That’s all I really have to say about that point actually.
Anyway, even though I didn’t enjoy it all that much, I know a few people my age and older that do really enjoy this series, so it’s obviously not just for kids but I don’t think it’s for me. I might read the next one though because I’m intrigued but it probably won’t be for a while.
Book: ★★★ / 5
Format: eBook, 143 pages
Acquired from: Online
Genre: Middle-Grade Fiction
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