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Beth And Chrissi Do Kid-Lit 2015 – The Round Up

Published December 31, 2015 by bibliobeth

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Hi everyone and welcome to my round up post where Chrissi and I talk about our highlights (and lowlights!) of Kid-Lit 2015. We had some fantastic books on the list this year, please see my reviews below and for Chrissi’s reviews, visit her blog HERE.

JANUARY- Five Children And It- E.Nesbit

FEBRUARY- Pollyanna- Eleanor H.Porter

MARCH- Diary of A Wimpy Kid- Jeff Kinney

APRIL- Flour Babies- Anne Fine 

MAY- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe- C.S Lewis

JUNE- Velveteen Rabbit- Margery Bianco 

JULY- Gangsta Granny- David Walliams 

AUGUST- The Graveyard Book- Neil Gaiman

SEPTEMBER- Watership Down- Richard Adams

OCTOBER- Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian

NOVEMBER- The Class That Went Wild- Ruth Thomas

DECEMBER – The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) – Rick Riordan

So, in the style of the “Talking About…” reviews we normally do, we thought we’d answer a quick few questions about our third year of Kid-Lit blogging.

1) What was your favourite Kid-Lit book of 2015 and why?
BETH: SUCH a tough choice. We had some super amazing titles this year. If I absolutely had to choose one it would be Goodnight Mister Tom which narrowly beats The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, one of my all-time favourites. So beautiful. So moving. I may have shed a tear or two…
CHRISSI: It has to be Goodnight Mister Tom which is one of my favourite books of all time, even as an adult it moved me. Possibly more so. Arghhhh the love I have for this book.
2) What was your least favourite Kid-Lit book of 2015 and why?
BETH: Hmm. There weren’t any real howlers this year (compared to the horror that was The Swiss Family Robinson last year!). Again if I had to choose, I would go for Diary Of A Wimpy Kid. This is not because it’s terrible because it’s not at all. Perhaps I was just expecting something a bit more and maybe I’m the wrong demographic but it wasn’t an amazing read for me.
CHRISSI: Watership Down. I’m a massive rabbit lover and wanted to connect with it more.
3) What was the Kid-Lit book of 2015 that surprised you the most?
BETH: Either Watership Down which was slightly darker than I expected or Velveteen Rabbit which was even more adorable than I expected!
CHRISSI: The Lightning Thief. I didn’t expect to enjoy Percy Jackson as much as I did!
4) Have you been inspired to read any other books from a Kid-Lit author of 2015?
BETH: Yes! Something else from Ruth Thomas after once again thoroughly enjoying The Class That Went Wild as an adult and David Walliams as I thought Gangsta Granny was a brilliant read. Wonder if one of these authors will turn up on our list for 2016? &#X1f60a
CHRISSI: More from David Walliams and Rick Riordan!

For anyone who reads these posts, thank you so much for your continued support, we love doing this challenge and hope to continue it indefinitely. Coming tomorrow – the big reveal for Kid-Lit 2016! Which titles made it this year? And which titles are we going to have to do er…. another year?!

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Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit 2015 – FEBRUARY READ – Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

Published March 1, 2015 by bibliobeth

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What’s it all about?:

A miraculous story about the power of optimism.

When an orphaned Pollyanna moves in with her maiden aunt, she transforms the lives of everyone she meets with her optimism. She uses the “glad game” her father taught her to appreciate what she has – until one day something so terrible happens that even Pollyanna doesn’t know how to feel glad about it.

What did I think?:

Pollyanna was one of those stories that actually passed me by in childhood so I was excited to read it for the first time as an adult and as part of our Kid-Lit challenge. The story opens by introducing us to a lady called Miss Polly Harrington whom we understand from her maid Nancy, is quite a cross and particular sort of person that lives alone in a large house. This all changes however when she receives a letter informing her that her brother in law has died and her niece Pollyanna is now an orphan. As a result, she now feels it her reluctant “duty” to take Pollyanna into her house and care for her. What she isn’t expecting is a little girl like Pollyanna, who changes her life and whole disposition forever.

Poor Pollyanna hasn’t had the easiest of lives. After losing her mother, she was raised by her minister father and the infamous Ladies Aid, who we hear a lot about in the chapters to come. Even though her family was poor, her father was an eternal optimist and told her there was always something to be glad about, even turning it into a game. So when Pollyanna desperately wanted a doll and the aid package that arrived contained a pair of crutches (which obviously made her sad) her father turned it into something to be glad about. What was that? That she should be GLAD that she didn’t need crutches!

When Pollyanna arrives at the house, she immediately puts into action the “glad” game with everyone that she meets in the town – all except her Aunt Polly, who does not want to know about anything concerning her brother-in-law. As it was him who invented the game, Pollyanna has to stop herself from trying to explain it to her Aunt at every opportunity. As a result of all this wild optimism going round, Pollyanna manages to help many people in the town, including a bedridden lady and a man called John Pendleton, both of whom are notorious for being difficult, angry and self-pitying characters. Her cheerful disposition and way of seeing the brighter side of life make her beloved amongst the townspeople and it is only when something terrible happens to Pollyanna that her Aunt Polly understands how precious she actually is, which leads her to change her outlook and life for good.

I’m really torn about how to rate this novel! Some parts of it were very Anne of Green Gables, others What Katy Did, which are two of my most favourite children’s books ever so it was quite strange to see something so similar. I’m not sure how I would have dealt with Pollyanna’s consistent “gladness” as a child – as an adult, sometimes I have to admit it was a little grating but that’s probably just my old adult cynicism talking! I have to also confess that the message it sends out is beautiful (if you can keep it up) and I ended the novel with a slight warm feeling in my body, so perhaps it worked on some level. Encouraging children to keep a positive outlook can only be a good thing in my opinion and if it works, hey all power to Pollyanna I say!

For Chrissi’s fabulous review, please see her blog HERE.

Would I recommend it?:

Probably!

Star rating (out of 5):

3-5-stars

 

 

Beth and Chrissi do Kid Lit – the titles for 2015

Published January 3, 2015 by bibliobeth

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This is the third year that my sister and fellow blogger Chrissi Reads and myself have set ourselves a Kid-Lit Challenge and this year we decided to shake things up a bit. We have each picked six so-called “classic” works of children’s fiction and we based this around books published before 1980 (yes, it wasn’t so long ago, I know), and six more “modern” children’s stories. We hope you will enjoy our selection.

JANUARY- Five Children And It- E.Nesbit

FEBRUARY- Pollyanna- Eleanor H.Porter

MARCH- Diary of A Wimpy Kid- Jeff Kinney

APRIL- Flour Babies- Anne Fine 

MAY- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe- C.S Lewis

JUNE- Velveteen Rabbit- Margery Bianco 

JULY- Gangsta Granny- David Walliams 

AUGUST- The Graveyard Book- Neil Gaiman

SEPTEMBER- Watership Down- Richard Adams

OCTOBER- Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian

NOVEMBER- The Class That Went Wild- Ruth Thomas

DECEMBER – The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) – Rick Riordan