Thursday, October 27, 2016

Emily's Runaway Imagination

Written by: Beverly Clearly

First line: The things that happened to Emily Bartlett that year!

Why you should read this book: For a book written more than fifty years ago, and set about a hundred years ago, this story remains remarkably fresh and charming. Emily's natural childish enthusiasm is infectious, and her relationship with herself, her family, and the culture and technology of her world is still relatable as it ever was. I can't remember when I last laughed at a scene in a book as I did when, in her efforts to follow instructions, she inadvertently gets her father's pigs drunk.

Why you shouldn't read this book: No interest in being completely charmed by a children's book.

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