Friday, September 7, 2012

Girl Coming in for a Landing

If it takes me two weeks to read a novel in verse, then I know it's not the right book for me. I usually gobbled them up, but I dawdled over April Halprin Wayland's Girl Coming in for a Landing. This may be a strange thing to say, but it was too poetic for me. This series of poems follow a young girl through a year in her life and all the ups and downs of adolescence.

Unfortunately, there was nothing new covered and writing did not grab me the way it would need to for such a typical topic. And although I don't have to love every book in my classroom, I wouldn't be able to include this one because one of the illustrations features a topless girl, which would not be acceptable at my school.

Aside from that one addition, Elaine Clayton's artwork was my favorite part of the book. She uses a variety of media to illustrate Wayland's poetry, some of them quite humorous. Still, they weren't enough to redeem Girl Coming in for a Landing. On to the next!

1 comment:

  1. These are my thoughts exactly! The poems were too focused on being separate poems rather than one cohesive story. The illustrations were my favorite part too, it's too bad they included that one objectionable picture in a book meant for middle graders =/


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