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One Star Review Guess Who? (#33)

One Star Review Guess Who

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon?

I just want to say that I think [Title] is one of the most disturbing books for young readers ever written. I remember, as a child, reading the first chapter over and over again, trying to figure out how a woman — from all accounts a normal, healthy, middle-class woman who had already had a human child — gave birth to a MOUSE and no one thinks anything of it. The questions are just left looming, and to my young mind, they became so oppressive that I was always left creeped out by the entire story.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

Comments

  1. I wondered about this as a kid, too. I think it was probably part of the reason I never chose to read it when I was young — that willing leap of suspension of disbelief was just a bit too great for me to make.

    Beverly Cleary’s Ralph, on the other hand, being from a true rodent lineage, was far more believable on his motorcycle.

    — Tom

  2. These are hysterical. I love how the review of GOODNIGHT MOON is dripping with sarcasm. Clearly, what that book needs is more angst.

  3. I too found the EW HOW DID A HUMAN LADY PRODUCE A MOUSE thing super-disturbing as a child!

  4. It has to be Stuart Little! And I’m guessing it was written by the first librarian for the NY Public Library Children’s section, Anne Carroll Moore. (I haven’t checked the answer.) There was a wonderful article in The New Yorker about the Anne Carroll Moore and how she created the children’s section of the library, but she had an ongoing battle with E.B. White. A very fascinating read.