Friday, July 24, 2009

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

My mom sent us this one along with several others to be used as a family read-aloud. I am glad I read it by myself first however, as I do not think it suitable as a read-aloud for young children. That said, I thought it was a wonderful book for probably 5th or 6th grade readers. It is filled with tons of great vocabulary (it has a glossary in the back) and is a sort of who's who of children's books with mentions of everything from the Bobsie Twins to Anne of Green Gables. Be warned that almost ALL of the adults in the book are wicked, evil people and the story has a slightly anti-parent/child slant. Everything turns out all right in the end and to the satisfaction of the reader and the characters. I don't want to tell about the plot because I don't want to give too much away. Just trust me when I say it is a charmingly good read and something more substantial.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Thyroid Power by Richard and Karilee Halo Shames

Ugh. Infomercial.

I have an open mind. I am willing to consider alternative medicine and homeopathy and other methods of wholistic healing. I do however, believe that if you are looking for information on a particular approach to wellness, it is a mistake to find out about it from someone who is going to directly benefit from your use of it- say the inventors, for example. This book was recommended to me because of the thyroid problems I've been dealing with for several months but it is completely biased and I would never recommend it to anyone. Skip this one.