Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf

It was the title that first caught my attention. It was pretty catchy right? I'm far from being a middle school student but I only have great and not so great memories from my own experiences. When I opened it, I was surprised. It wasn't like any other ordinary books because instead of regular texts, the story is told through to-do lists, notes, instant messages and report cards! I think I'm gong to love Jennifer Holm more starting from now. She captured the very essence of middle school life.

The main character of the story is Ginny Davis who thinks that the worst thing she will face in middle school is the school meatloaf. Yes. As simple as that. Upon further reading I learned more about her and her family through IMs. I found out she likes ballet and hopes that her mother remarry, her older brother is described as a mess, making his family's life more miserable. This is really a wonderful book that should be read by every middle school student and those who've been through it. They will certainly relate to Ginny's experiences at one point.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

This very book is everything that I have envisioned as a child. Food dropping from the sky like rain, isn't that wonderful? I often wonder what it would feel like walking on a peanut butter and jelly road. Slippery I guess. But hey, you don't have to worry about what you're going to eat and the hassles involving cooking because it'll simply just come down from the sky, regularly.

Such is the odd case in the town of Chewandswallow. Weather comes regularly in the form of food and beverages. It rains of soup and juice, snows are made up of mashed potatoes and blowing storms of hamburgers. Surely, people are served with different meals three times a day. But what would happen if giant pancakes falls down from the sky and it begins raining ketchup? Or if Chendswallow got covered with peanut butter and mayonaisse? These weather change had pushed the people to abandon their homes and with huge sandwiches as their boats, they searched for a new town that is normal and unlike the one they left behind. This has got to be one of those books on top of my list. What a gem!