Parents' Guide to

The Wish List

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Wicked is the key word here, in all its senses.

Book Eoin Colfer Fantasy 2003
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Scary

Inappropriate for kids
age 17+

what are all these parents saying?

there wasn t a 15 And Olde r butt on I chose 1 7 a nd under but anyways im 15 and I have read this book and loved but what are all these parents saying its for kids age 10 this book is about an abusive stepfather that is a smoker and a drinker and a girl that has died almost goes to hell and she has to complete the bucket list of an old man that is an ass and if she doesnt do some kind of good she is going to go to hell I read this when I was 12 but that was because I got it from my mentor and she didnt really care ether and I love messed up stuff like this and im a writer too and when I was reading this I even thought it would be for more of teens and now im 15 three years later read the book again and still think it and this book gets really sad at times as well it is as big emotional rollercoaster so I think this book is for 15 and older

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Eoin Colfer knows how to grab his readers: The first 10 pages contain a robbery, a pit bull attack, a shooting, and the death of the two main characters in a fiery explosion. And he knows how to hold them, with a combination of action, B-movie cliche, black humor, and gritty, muscular prose that hints at more violence than it actually reveals. It's no wonder he's the darling of the video-game generation. Reluctant readers and avid ones all enjoy his books, and with good reason.

Wicked is the key word here, in all its senses. It describes Colfer's humor, his no-kid-gloves approach to his readers, and, quite literally, the plot. He manages here a view of the afterlife that is cynically funny without being out-and-out blasphemous (and least to this reviewer) and makes a weird kind of sense to boot. While this book lacks anyone quite as funny as Foaly in the Artemis Fowl books, it makes up for it with a bit more heart -- nothing soppy, of course, this is a Eoin Colfer book after all, but just the hint of a warm glow in the testy developing relationship between a crusty old never-was and a hardened little never-will-be. Colfer may talk tough and mean to thrill his audience, but it's just possible he has a heart of mush.

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