Reviews by EvelynH
Read it twice!
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I thought this book was excellent. I had a few theories throughout for how I thought it would end, and I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong about all of them. I am now reading it for a second time to pick up on the clues left throughout. Like a lot of people who may read this one, I'm a bigger J.K. Rowling fan than I am a mystery fan, but I was completely satisfied by this book. She does an amazing job of fulling fleshing out characters in a relatively short book.
Confusing to listen to
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Although the performance of this book isn't bad, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out if the author is talking or if she is recounting information from her mother's diaries. I would recommend reading this one rather than listening to it.
Clever pictures
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This story has some fine details in the artwork. Be sure to point these out if you have younger children, because they add a great deal to the text.
Not quite up to The Book Thief
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but if you are looking for a book of the caliber of Zusak's most recent book, *The Book Thief,* you may be disappointed. However, it is well worth a read even if it doesn't match the glory of that book. The premise is interesting and well developed, the characters are suitably flawed but endearing, and the situations the main character ends up in are realistic even in a fantastical book. There was a love story that I found a bit predictable and dull, but other than that, I enjoyed this book.
Does not stand the test of time
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A funny look back at the 90s, but if you've become accustomed to Planet Earth, this DVD will disappoint you.