“Some books absolutely beg to be read aloud”

November 20, 2012 @ 8:59 am | Filed under: , ,

A wonderful review of The Prairie Thief at Writing on the Sidewalk:

And then, the must of all musts for reading a story aloud… the language. The Prairie Thief is rich with gorgeous, evocative language that begs to be heard as well as read. We feel as though we’ve been transported back in time when we listen to expressions like, “He was wailing loud enough to curdle milk,” or “Ye look like last year’s scarecrow.” Even the simple “Balderdash!” sounds better out loud. Wiley uses big words too – words that some kids will latch on to and roll around in their minds and mouths – like audacious, gesticulations, rapscallion, scrutinizing – they add to the mood and help us sink into this world.

via Book Thoughts: The Prairie Thief by Melissa Wiley « Writing on the sidewalk.

(See more reviews here.)


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  1. Jennifer says:

    Totally agree. I noticed this too. I assumed it