Parents' Guide to

My One Hundred Adventures

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Adults may enjoy this poetic nostalgia trip more.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Great writer and story, but not for under 12 crowd

Includes cigarette smoking, drinking, comically wondering who the main character's father is, all make me think that this is not appropriate for any child under 12. We checked out the audio book for my 7yo and had no clue that it had this type of content. Otherwise entertaining story full of crazy adventures.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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There's an idea in publishing that anything about children must be for children; sometimes this leads to odd ducks like this appealing novel, which could be described as lyrically nostalgic. Not the prime qualifications for a children's book, but traits that will make it very enticing to the few adults who happen across it in the children's section. The publisher rates it for ages 8-12. While there's nothing wildly inappropriate for that age (though there is certainly plenty of behavior and motivation that children in that range simply won't understand), there are long swaths of gorgeous prose that don't leave them much to chew on.

Though older readers may wonder why all the adults in this small town are so crabby and self-centered, they may be swept away by the language, eccentric characters, and the simple, even barren, but oddly appealing life led by Jane and her family. In our harried, media-drenched, overstimulating world it can be a great pleasure to read about people gently whiling away their unhurried lives with berry-picking and jam-making; characters to whom a little local fair or visiting a palm-reader are the adventures of a lifetime. This is a delightful book, if not really for kids.

Book Details

  • Author: Polly Horvath
  • Genre: Family Life
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
  • Publication date: August 27, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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