Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

I kept seeing this book on different lists I was looking at as one that was highly recommended. It is the story of a china rabbit who belongs to a girl who loves him dearly and he could care less. Then, they get separated and he goes on a journey over the course of years, belonging to different owners and learning how to love.

The premise is okay, and I really think could have been a really great story, but there are a few problems. First, the language is so inflated that the age group who probably still plays with stuffed toys or has a beloved doll could not follow the story. It could possibly work as a read aloud, but again, I still just don't know that there would be many kids who would enjoy it. It seems very much like a children's book that adults were meant to read. And there is nothing wrong with that but it is just a story. I think it was meant to evoke great emotion and memories, but for me, it was just a story. Read it if you want. It's not bad, it's just a story.

1 comment:

Harmony said...

This book was chosen for our library's City-wide Read to be held this fall. The librarians wanted a book that would appeal to families, or that families could enjoy together. I haven't read it yet, but your review makes me wonder if it is going to be what they hope.