I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
This is a very positive story with heart and love and friendship, family and community, fear and courage, hugs and kisses, dogs, and an uplifting ending. It is heartwarming, yet ultimately quite hollow. Stories that deeply move people, and make a real difference, must possess balance, with realistic fear or pain or loss to make the positive aspects truly powerful. This is a written for a young audience, but that does not justify saccharin. Kids can appreciate, and actually need, this balance.
There was one brief interlude by the character Miranda that borders on some realistic balance. I wish the rest of the book had the real heart glimpsed in these few pages.
I had hoped this would be a powerful, moving, and transformative story; instead it is a simplistic positive story.
The narration of this book was superb, I could not have asked for a better book to start my son on audio books. We listened in the car instead of having whatever garbage would be playing on the pop radio that day, and we would then talk about the story at dinner or when we were just hanging out.
The overall morals and how the story brought up many topics that we could talk about with ease because he had something to relate them to, especially the feelings of others that could be different than him in any other way.
We loved how animated the narrators were and how easily we could tell who was talking by the voice. They were heartfelt and truly were in character.
This is a good story. We downloaded it to listen to as a family on a long car trip. The choice of narrator for August, the main character, is so perplexing. It is awful. It sounds exactly like Marge Siimpson, but with a lisp. I have no idea why this seemed to be a good choice for a book that has garnered so much public praise.
The performance of the other characters, later in the book, were good.
I felt angry that I had to listen to the baby-talk, strained voice of the narrator.
I wish I could get my money back from Audible and just read the book.
this book was awesome it teaches to be happy for you and to always be you no matter what I'm literally crying because of the book it was a great book and I think you should read it too unless you already had! 😀😀😃
I would recommend this to teachers who want to develop empathy with their students.
Auggie won! He won. He just lived his life and he won!
Perhaps the mom, Isabell, was the most memorable because she was able to love AND let go.
I did not have an extreme reaction. I just delighted that right conquered evil. Or...that an amazing personality conquered amazing odds.
Just read, or listen, to this book. Then google Treecher-Collins. Then know what this Auggie conquered.
No, because I usually only read/listen to a book once.
The messages in the storyline.
There are plenty of moments that melt your heart.
Pam can often be found singing many of The Wiggles songs while simultaneously reading a book in rhyme and drinking coffee.
One of the top 3.
I liked hearing the same story from different viewpoints.
No. I would certainly be open to any of the performers.
Wow. What a powerful little book. A must read for everyone about tolerance, belief in oneself, kindness, friendship, and something else. I got teary at the ending, difficult to do on a plane.