Friday, May 24, 2013

Mousenet reviews

Just got a wonderful review by Jen Robinson on her Book Page  site.
Not wonderful in the sense that she loved everything about the book (she had some reservations) but she read the @#$!! thing, and thought about it, and gave her review the sort of care and detail that one would wish for in – oh, I don’t know – maybe an editor?
This contrasts with another review on a site that shall be nameless that put the action in Seattle instead of Greenfield, Oregon, and sent my protagonist to school in Ohio instead of Oregon.

Jen felt that my treatment of climate change became a bit too dominant at the end of the book, and she’s rightly nervous about messages in children’s books, though she adds, "
I have admittedly very finely honed radar when it comes to messages inserted into fiction." Others have also been a little uneasy with the climate change element, but I just came across a review on the site of Climate Today that takes a different view: 

“This children’s book is a very soft approach to the topic of climate change for ages 8- 12- maybe a good place to begin. I read and enjoyed it, then passed it on to a 10 year old girl who couldn’t put it down. The one page (out of nearly 400) where the strategy is explained makes sense- except we just need humans to do it! Now!”

And the reviewer quotes:

“We can help people save the planet
one opinion leader at a time,
one politician at a time
one family at a time.”
Prudence Breitrose, author

Nice of him to attribute the quote to me. Actually it came from the Mouse Nation’s advertising agency.

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