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Chris Blocker

Literary snobbery and other thoughts by Chris Blocker

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May B.

May B. - Caroline Starr Rose

May B. is a fast read, but it is a little hard to get into at first. The novel-in-verse format is jarring for young readers used to the way a book is supposed to sound. That being said, it is a wonderful introduction to poetry and becomes easier to grasp as the story progresses.

The story itself is slow but has its moments. The dyslexia subplot was tedious, breaking from the story the reader really wanted to hear about and adding almost nothing to the story. The verse does a good job of creating a feeling of isolation and loss. The character of May was inspiring and human enough, and it was wonderful to see a character in a children's book have genuine emotions.

If you're a fan of slow and simple, this may be worth consuming. Maybe. May B. :