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, May 5, 2011

RULES by Cynthia Lord and INTERRUPTING CHICKEN by David Ezra Stein

Novel: Rules by Cynthia Lord
We had great discussions at our last meeting on Thursday night. We all agreed that Rules was a tightly written (not a wasted word) book that described in a realistic way a 12-year-old girl learning to deal with a little brother with Autism and a new friend in a wheelchair with a disability that rendered him unable to walk or talk. Some thought that Catherine and Jason had romantic feelings about each other; others didn't, but all agreed that it was a very good book worthy of the Newbery Honor that it received. We talked about the two endings -- one predictable, and the final one emotionally important for Catherine, who became empowered as the story evolved.

Picture Book: Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
As for the picture book, Interrupting Chicken, which garnered a Caldecott Honor, ummmmm -- we all said, "Why??" Unless it was for the fact that it was very unique -- i.e. chickens who didn't actually look like chickens, and other weird stuff. We liked the story, but couldn't really get 'into' the illustrations.....oh, well -- some books and some award winners are like that!