Day: February 3, 2012

This Week’s Tweets and Pins

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts that you might find interesting:

7 Ways to Follow ‘The Hunger Games’ Movie on Social Media

Best of the Best Reading List – Chicago Public Library

Better Book Titles does Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies

Biblio File: GIMME GIMME! Conferences, bloggers, and Bitterblue

Cinder Author Marissa Meyer: My Query Letter « Novel Novice

How can we make every day a World Book Day? – Schools need more time for reading aloud

RT @msmisrule: Proof, if anyone actually needs it, that John Hughes invented contemporary YA fiction:

Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton to Receive Tufts Award for Children’s Media –

‘Star’-Crossed: When Teens With Cancer Fall In Love : John Green on NPR

Top 10: Best Middle Grade Chapter Books by Books4YourKids : PragmaticMom

Very Hungry Caterpillar is most read children’s book in Britain – MadeForMums #kidlit

Wired Magazine wonders about Dystopian YA Novels

You must MUST must listen to Jack Gantos on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

Review: There Is No Dog by Meg Rosoff

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There Is No Dog by Meg Rosoff

God may not be exactly who you’d expect him to be.  He’s actually a slovenly, lazy, disinterested teenager named Bob, who’d much rather lust after hot girls than pay attention to any prayers made in his name.  Bob lives in an apartment with Mr. B, who has been his personal assistant for millennia.  Every time Bob gets interested in a new girl, the entire weather system goes haywire.  This time the girl is Lucy, who works at a zoo and lives a simple life until Bob gets involved.  The question is which will last longer: Bob’s attention span or Earth!  This irreverent and very funny novel for teens comes from one of the top YA authors and is pure joy to read.

Rosoff’s writing is buoyant here.  The entire premise carries humor, but she infuses it further with wry insights, clever devices, and unexpected twists.  It’s a wild sort of book that the reader simply has to go along with.  This is controlled chaos, reined in solely by the quality of the writing and the strength of the story. 

The characters of the book are a motley group.  Readers will immediately be drawn to the luminous Lucy but at the same time, they will see themselves in God as well.  Bob is a God with a raw creativity, undisciplined natural skills, and very short attention span.  While he may read at first like a regular teen, Rosoff manages to mix that universal experience with one that is specific to God. 

There is a magic here, a miracle, that takes a book that could have been heresy and lifts it to heavenly humor.  Appropriate for ages 15-18.

Reviewed from ARC received from G. P. Putnam’s Sons.