Wednesday, October 05, 2016
But it kept coming up, so on Saturday, I was in the car for hours and hours and I packed nothing except this book. Dr. BB listened to dreary Nick Cave and I read this book.
And I didn't love it. I kept nodding off. From Dixon, Illinois until the World's Largest Truck Stop in Walcott, Iowa, I was totally asleep.
But then chapter six happened. And the book started getting good. I started reading lines out loud to Dr. BB. Soon I was reading entire paragraphs and then an entire chapter. The word play was amazing. The scenarios were imaginative. The illustrations are perfect complements to the prose. I was laughing and chuckling.
I'm not sure I'd really recommend this book. It was a slog to get to the good parts and the ending was much too moralistic and preachy for me. But I'm not sure I wouldn't recommend it, either. The playfulness of the language was amazing and the setting was described so vividly I felt like I was there.
I'm not going to put this on the list of Books I Must Buy for My Nieces and Nephews, but if told me they were reading it, I would love to hear their thoughts on it.