Parents' Guide to

Story Time

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Tangents confuse the plot, and the point.

Book Edward Bloor School 2004
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age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

I enjoy the most beautiful story and fairy tale children from a very successful story book thank you very much
age 14+

Give This One a Miss

This is the most asinine book I've ever had the misfortune of reading. The plot is utterly ridiculous and the characters are little more than a hodgepodge of tired caricatures whose dialogue barely sustains what little consistent narrative exists in this waste of a living tree. This book left me wondering is Bloor was paid by the word for this, or if his editor was out sick the day this crossed his desk. Either way, this book is awful.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (3 ):

No one would ever accuse Edward Bloor of writing ordinary stories; here, though, his scattershot technique works less well. The supernatural, broad, and very black humor simply overwhelms the main plot -- and the point.

The flap copy refers primarily to the story about the school and testing, so readers may be disappointed that there's so little about it, though some may enjoy the supernatural shenanigans. But even those seem at times to make little sense, the humor is often too broad to be really funny, and the author often seems to be flailing around, trying to figure out where to go. The subject of standardized testing would seem like a rich literary vein to mine, but, alas, Bloor goes off at a tangent, and never seems to make it back.

Book Details

  • Author: Edward Bloor
  • Genre: School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace
  • Publication date: December 12, 2004
  • Number of pages: 424
  • Last updated: September 1, 2015

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