WELCOME

WELCOME! Once a month, usually on a Thursday evening, a group of writers, illustrators, teachers and librarians meets in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles to discuss children's books. Usually we talk about one picture book and one middle grade or YA novel. After the meeting, Sandy Schuckett, a retired LAUSD librarian, summarizes our discussion. Here are her reports of our thoughts about the books we have read. We'd love to have your comments too!
Thanks to Nancy Hayashi for our wonderful title art! Our group has been meeting since 2007. It was organized under the auspices of the Children's Literature Council of Southern California (CLCSC).

Thursday, August 5, 2010

VERY HAIRY BEAR by Alice Schertle, and HOTEL AT THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Jamie Ford

We had a small group last nite -- ony six people, but as usual, we had a great discussions. It doesn't matter if our group is small or large...we still have fun!!
We all agreed that Alice Schertle is a gifted poetic genius, and that the text of Very Hairy Bear was wonderful and practically flawless. We had quite a discussion regarding the illustrations, however, and a few of us felt that they just didn't meet the high quality of the text. As for the novel, only four people had read it, and they all agreed that it was an adult book rather than a YA, but that high school kids could learn a lot about WWII and the Japanese-American Internment and other issues that were prevalent at that time. All pretty much agreed that there were some contrived situations and scenes, but when asked if those of us who had not read it should do so, they said 'yes.'

No comments:

Post a Comment