Today I finished reading The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, winner of the Newbery Medal.
It was fine but not tremendously exciting. It had these ingredients which seem to recur in Newbery winners:
- dead parent
- divorced parent
- book love
- smart girl
- rural setting
Flotsam by David Weisner, won the Caldecott. It's sort of like Zoom but with a couple more dimensions. And it's Weisner, so it's good...I just wish the award had introduced someone new to a wider audience.
*the scrotum referenced is that of a dog that was bitten by a rattlesnake.