Just An Opinion

Posted: December 18, 2015 in Reviews

….on a children’s book entitled, The Green Book, by Jill Paton Walsh.

This book tell the story of a group of people who have to leave Earth because it is dying. They go to a planet and attempt to survive there.

Well, the new planet has things like glass-like grass, red leaves, moth people, and other fancies.

This book won “Best Book of the Year” from the School Library Journal. I don’t know from which year.

Well, I read the book because it was laying around the house and I needed to pass some time. It is very short and can be read in one sitting.

And in my opinion, it is not a very interesting book. It seemed to me to just be a collection of the author’s ideas of what the perfect place to live would be, and rather childish ideas at that.

For instance, it never rains on the new planet except right when the sun goes down. It downpours and then stops. There are no clouds, ever. The weather is always pleasant. The plants are like glass, shiny, and very beautiful. No bugs, no predators, etc.

Admittedly, I am not that good at analyzing literature, and I use that term loosely when referring to this piece of work, but I could not find one thing of value, not one inspiring idea, not one profound thought. Nothing.

Yes, it is a child’s book, but children aren’t stupid unless you teach them to be. Also, the book included the gimmick of ending the book with the very same words which begin the book. It’s like the movies where someone is supposed to be dead and then they jump up when you “least expect it”.

All in all, I would give my child something better to read. I don’t even know why it’s in our house.

  1. I can’t comment because I’ve never read it

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