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Little Ree Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-05-02 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0062453181
LANGUAGE:English

" So cute. I love how Little Ree went from city girl to country girl. The illustrations were beautiful. It even has a recipe for pancakes at the end. " said.

" Ree moves to the country and starts to settle in as a country girl. " said.

" I like Ree's books for children. " said.

" Fun and happy. I could hear Ree's voice in my heard reading the story. " said.

"Books like this one ensure that I will never, ever escape my fascination with celebrity picture books. The weirdest ones are really freaking weird, and while this isn't the single strangest I've encountered (I think that's got to be Cookie Meets Peanut), it's eminently strange.

So here's the thing with Ree Drummond. If you aren't familiar with her, she's a recipe/lifestyle blogger who parlayed her idyllic ranch stories and innumerable photographs of liquids being poured into bowls into a stint as a deeply uncharismatic Food Network host. She's awkward and not very fun to watch on TV, but her food looks pretty tasty. If you are familiar with her, especially if you're familiar with her blog, you basically know her life story. She's marketed her family as the result of a head-over-heels love story between a city girl and a country boy. You, as a Ree Drummond fan, know perfectly well that Ree Drummond moved out to bumfuck nowhere when she was a grown woman.

That makes this book an alternate-universe take on the author's life. A CITY GIRL BECOMES A COUNTRY GIRL, Rod Serling is telling you, BUT AT THE AGE OF TEN INSTEAD OF WHAT, TWENTY-SOMETHING? THESE THINGS HAPPEN IN...THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Why do you want that? What on earth is the value of listening to an inept TV chef go "sometimes I wonder what it would've been like if I lived with my grandma..."? You're reading a picture-book memoir from the Star Trek mirrorverse. I'm sorry, but that's odd. Reading it, it's relatively easy to set that aside, but when I actually think about the concept of this book, it's weird to me.

The book itself? Pretty mediocre. I wasn't a huge fan of the illustrations, which looked like someone was trying to ape Steven Kellogg's work--but stiffly. The prose is basically fine if you need a book about adjusting to a new life after moving. However, it tries so hard to be in the moment with Ree's every activity that it ends up feeling amateurish to me.

Is it horrible? Not really. I find it a headscratcher, and I think there are better books about moving out there, but you could do way worse in the celebrity picture book department. (I'm looking at you, How Roland Rolls.) I'm wobbling between two and three stars for it, because mostly, I just find this book odd and unnecessary. (I find myself saying that a lot about celebrity picture books.)
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