Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Book Review: Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes by Peggy Gifford

Library: Clinton Hill Branch (Brooklyn Public Library)
Genre: Youth Fiction

Moxy Maxwell is getting ready for a big trip to Hollywood to see her dad for Christmas. The only thing is, she has to write 13 thank you notes for all the presents she's received before her and her family leave. Moxy comes up with a fool-proof way to expedite the process. Maybe.

Turns out that my first book for the Library Crawl Challenge is a Youth Fiction novel. I went to the library yesterday to look for some books to really give myself a jump start! I thumbed through a few and found a couple I thought I might learn from (as I am planning to write a Youth Fiction novel at some point). This one was a little difficult for me because I think it's a little bit out of the target audience I'm looking for in my book.There are definitely a lot of jokes to keep the adult who might be reading this along with the child interested, like a movie called Noah's Wife: The Untold Story or the brief mention of a guy named Ted Bear. I found the book to have silly moments and embarassing moments. I can't say that I'm a fan of the writing style or the main character. But I might need to save that judgement for if/when I read a few more from her series. It was "compelling" enough to keep me reading to find out how this would all end.

I would recommend this book for parents with not-too-young children who like to read, but I would not recommend this book for parents with not-too-young children who are easily influenced by what they read.

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