Saturday, July 12, 2008

A Non-Review: The Underneath

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt with illustrations by David Small. (Grades... 4-7?)

I'm not going to review this one. Nope. Uh-uh. Pretty much everyone and their mother has already reviewed it, so I'm going to point you to their reviews and just tell you that I LOVED IT. It's sad and violent and lyrical and hopeful... Truly, I think it's the best book I've read in a long time.

If it's on your TBR list, bump it up.

Or if you'd like, y'know, more information than some random librarian in Illinois loved it, you could check out the following reviews:

A Fuse #8 Production
Sarah Miller: Reading, Writing, Musing
The Reading Zone
educating alice
A Year of Reading - Franki
AYear of Reading - Mary Lee
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Becky's Book Reviews
The Goddess of YA Literature

(Do you SEE why I cannot possibly review this book? What could I possibly say that is different from all these heavy-hitting reviewers?)

The Underneath is also in the running for the ACPL Mock Newbery (so if you've read it, feel free to add your comments).


Karen said...

Just wanted to let you know that both Mary Lee and Franki at A Year of Reading reviewed it yesterday, also.

Can't believe I haven't read something that people love so much!! Thanks for your recommendation!

Jennie said...

I know what you mean about not feeling like reviewing something because what can you add the conversation besides your vote of "yep! I loved it too!"

I'm torn on this title though. EVERYONE I know who has read it loves it, but I have no desire to pick it up. I so doesn't look like my cup of tea. Ah well.

I'll probably have to read it at some point for some notable book discussion or another...

Abby said...

Karen - Thanks for catching my mistake! I've updated the links.

Jennie - I can totally see how this book is not for everyone. I have a coworker who refuses to read it because she's super sensitive to animal stories. If it helps, I didn't think it would be my cup of tea either until I picked it up and discovered that it wasn't at all what I thought it would be. (In a good way.)

Mary Lee said...

Besides the fact that it's hard to say anything new about THE UNDERNEATH, it's hard to write about it without babbling or giving everything away!

Thanks for including us in your round up (thanks, Karen, for giving us a plug!)

Anonymous said...

Here's what Anokaberry said on LibraryThing...
A myth for all ages - reminding us of our humanity - our fears, our frailties, our helplessness. A glimpse of the story that we live and the way we hope. Real mistakes that can't be fixed, real blood, flowing all goes on and Appelt captures it in a flawed but powerful narrative.