Monday, August 13, 2007

The Neddiad



Daniel Pinkwater used to be a favorite of mine when I was a kid - had no idea he was still writing until I saw this. Grabbed it as a "read out loud in the car that the kids can hear" book. And that's pretty much what it was - If I was ten, I probably would have loved this. Lots of explanation of stuff that a kid might not understand, lots of description. Weirdly, this book contained the factoid that since "la brea" in Spanish means "the tar", when you say "the La Brea Tar Pits" you are really saying "the the tar tar pits". Weird because the last book I had read, Pinball Theory of the Apocalypse also contained that fact. Anyway... The Neddiad is the story of a boy named Ned and the adventures he had when his family moved from the Midwest to Los Angeles - sometime in the fifties, by the feel of it. Pretty fun stuff, but definitely written for a younger audience. I'll try to get Julien into it in a couple of years...

Book 55

3 comments:

SnowLeopard said...

Wow! Book 55 already! Your goal is only 5 more books that you wanted to review before the year was up, right? You're doing so awesome- wish I could keep up with you. :)

Turi said...

Actually, I checked back and it was only 50 that I had wanted to hit. I'm thinking it'll end up around 75 for the year?

SnowLeopard said...

Again, your dedication to keeping us literary informed is amazing. Now if I can just remember some of these books when I get an adult non-fiction reference question... :)