Frequently Asked Questions
I am no longer writing new articles.
Questions people have actually asked:
- Are you a teacher?
- No, just a concerned mother who paid a lot of attention in English class.
- What is the purpose of your reviews? Why are you rating them from an adult's perspective?
- I literally had to hide "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See" because my toddler kept requesting it, and I was actually dreading reading it to him. It's my view that children learn no matter what, and if a parent is reading to a child, it should be enjoyable for both parent and child. Since I'm not a child, I can't speak to the latter, but I can speak to the former. I think most reviews of children's books that are aimed at the age where the child can't actually read the book ignore the parent-child dynamic, and I'm trying to fix that.
Questions people might reasonably ask:
- They're just children's books! Why do you care?
- For two reasons. One, if I'm going to be the one reading it to my children, I don't want to be so bored I don't want to read it again. Seriously, kids love to read the same book. Over and over again. Two, children are still learning wrong from right. Any adult, especially their parent, is a figure of authority. I don't want to read them something with a message I disagree with until they're old enough to have a conversation about why it's bad. A bad message, repeated, from a figure of authority, could definitely give them the impression that it's a good one. I'm going to be molding their young minds, whether I want to or not. It had better be in the right direction.
- I hate/love/wrote a book! Will you review it?
- I am no longer doing book reviews.