Welcome to Lizard Motel: Children, Stories, and the Mystery of Making Things Up, A Memoir Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-08-14 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 22 user ratings

" This book tried to combine a memoir with a discussion on how children's literature has changed. I was interested in both parts of the book, but it took too long to weave them together. " said.

" i picked this up because I wanted to know what drives a mother to go up against her school systems mandatory reading list for her 12 and 9 year old children. " said.

" What a great book on childhood and imagination. A must read for anyone who is interested in children or remembers being one! " said.

" This a great book. The author discusses many points about childhood. She talkds about imagination and what kids should/shouldn't know when they are young. The main discussion is about books kids are forced to read in schools. Loved it! " said.

" I loved this book and read it in one sitting. I liked her ideas about social commentary vs. story-telling, as well as her way of unfolding and intertwining her own story. Clever, intelligent writing. I'd love to read more.K.M. del " said.

" The problem with kids and YA books, as Feinberg sees it, is that much of adolescent literature places trauma, catastrophe, and negative emotions in the context of a solid, thought-heavy adult world. This is a world that rings untrue to the wavy, imagination-heavy world of the adolescent psyche. Feinberg's warning is that we need not use literature to shake kids out of the innocent magic and joy of childhood; they need to go that journey at their own pace and with care. " said.

"I enjoyed this memoir, which was as much about being a mother as it was about children's books. It was fun for me because I'm probably not too much older than the author's kids, so I had been made to read some of the books she was talking about when I was in elementary and middle school myself. It was also interesting to get a lay view on contemporary children's books. I don't know how interesting this read would be to people not intensely interested in children's studies and children's literature, but I was pretty into it." said.

"I forgot I'd already read portions of this book, and it made me just as tired as the first time I read it! The author is essentially commenting on the nature of YA literature today, and it's the same argument we've been reading so much about in recent months, flames refanned by the article in the Wall Street Journal. It's certainly important to protect children and maintain their innocence, but not all children have a magical childhood--not all children are as lucky as Feinberg's kids. A one-sided argument, one particular perspective that tends to discount the significance of the gritty books. Although I agree with her about Sharon Creech! " said.

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