Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Year I Didn’t Go To School

Written by: Giselle Potter

First line: When I was seven, I didn’t go to school for a whole year.

Why you should read this book: This delightful memoir for children recounts a year in the life of a girl who performs in her parents’ theater company, The Mystic Paper Beasts, and spends a whole year traveling and working in Italy. She recounts the cultural differences of Europe, the experience of going onstage in front of many people, and all the funny anecdotes that appeal to kids in terms of small adventures, setbacks, and triumphs. The art evokes a playful sense of action and emotion and includes details the adult Giselle has found in the journal she kept when she was seven years old.

Why you shouldn’t read this book: You don’t want your kids getting any funny ideas about taking a year off of school to rack up some real world experience.

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