School Library Journal's Top 100 Children Novels #58
Author: Arthur Ransome
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
The Recipe: Four brothers and sisters sail to a small island near their home to play. They befriend two girls and an older man and develop an elaborate game of pirates and ships.
The Frosting and Sprinkles: The premise of the story was good. That's the only good I can say...
The Hair That Fell Into the Batter: This book was about as interesting as watching an ice cube melt. It is SLOW, boring, mundane-the author describes every little action the kids take. For example, "So and so packed the picnic basket. First she took some bread and spread peanut butter and jelly on it. Then she put the pieces together to make a sandwich. Next, she took apples and polished each one and then zzzzzzzzzzzz....." And the whole book is filled with such descriptions of mundane activities. Well, at least until Ch.8 because that's as far as I made it before I quit.
I am really, really, REALLY flabbergasted as to how this book even made it on the list!