Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Penny Dreadful

There's a trend that I don't understand in children's books. I can only think of them as nostalgic hipster books, but they are genuinely written for children. The Penderwicks, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, and Horton Halfpott fall into this category, and so does Penny Dreadful. I don't know how much these books appeal to actual children; I've never seen any reading them.

Penelope Grey lives a privileged and boring life in The City, until she makes a wish for some action, and everything falls apart. Her family ends up moving to Thrush Junction in East Tennessee, a town filled with characters. Unfortunately, there seemed to be more focus on the quirks of the characters than the actual plot. Lots of descriptions of diverse characters abound, but it takes a very long time for anything to actually happen.

One of my goals for winter break was to read a lot of middle grade books that I could recommend to my students. That was the only reason I persisted in reading Penny Dreadful, when I wanted to abandon it at 37%. Still, I don't know that I will actually be recommending this book, as I don't have that many nostalgic hipster 10 year olds in my class.

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