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, February 17, 2011

THE DREAMER by Pam Munoz Ryan and CHOWDER by Peter Brown

We had a small, intimate group at our last meeting, and terrific discussions on both books. Many of us loved The Dreamer for a variety of reasons, although a couple of people thought it wasn't so wonderful in certain places, and had questions about its construction. It led to a discussion of Pablo Neruda and his poetry, and a few people were enthused enough to begin reading what he has written......(one of the great joys of reading: how it leads you to exploring new areas.) 
As for the picture book, Chowder, we were all in agreement: huh?? We mostly loved the illustrations, but thought the story left a great deal to be desired -- i.e., it wasn't so great!