Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Five Star Review on Goodreads

A Review by Warren Thurston

Stop! Do Not Read This Book
by Robyn Opie Parnell

Sam has two pet hates, books and having her mum call her Samantha. In fact everyone in Sam’s house loves books. They are devoted to the written word so much that even when the electricity is off they use candles to see to read. But worst of all her mum writes books.

Sam likes to watch DVD’s and play computer games. Reading is not for her, even at school. She always finds a way to escape to the sick bay. The school nurse is almost her best friend.

The family pet, Huckleberry the Dachshund, has a farting problem that young readers will enjoy. Sam thinks his gaseous explosions are chemical weapons of mass destruction. Finally the family takes Huckleberry to an Earth Therapist for treatment. To their relief his farting becomes less frequent and smelly.

Fate strikes a double blow at Sam. Her mum is about to launch her new book. Sam is distressed when her mum comes into the classroom to talk about the book. The class thinks that the girl in the story, who has a bed-wetting problem, is really Sam. Sam denies this but her denial reinforces her friends’ belief that the girl is her.

This misunderstanding leads to series of incidents, including a fight with her best friend Emma, which causes a lot of grief and embarrassment for Sam. She sinks into a world filled with frustration. Her mother’s effort to help Sam makes matters worse. Sam hates her lot in life and is desperate to find a solution to her own secret problem. The story has a twist that will delight readers and make them happy for Sam.

Robyn Opie Parnell has written a delightful tale of about the trials of growing up with a problem that is hard to share. Her choice of words make the story sparkle and builds a strong empathy between the reader and Sam.

This is a book I highly recommend for all middle grade readers.

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12 comments:

  1. Interesting premise.
    Two Questions.

    One, why would Sam's mother use Sam's name in a book like the one she wrote. Didn't she think that her daughter's friends might believe that she had written the story about her. Why couldn't her mother use a different name?

    Two, naming the dog HUNKLEBERRY the dachsHUND is cute. As a child did you ever watch the HUNKLEBERRY HOUND cartoons? I did. THANKS for the memories.

    This show originated in the days of television when you would have one sponsor paying for the whole program. In the case of HUNKLEBERRY HOUND.
    This can be clearly seen in the opening/closing credits.

    OPENING CREDITS
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT9FuPN__OY

    CLOSING CREDITS
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3gsYGi4s_U&feature=related

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    1. Hi Robin,

      Thanks for your comment. I'm glad you like the premise of Stop! Do Not Read This Book.

      To answer your questions:

      One, Sam's mother didn't use Sam's name in the book she wrote. She used the name Suzanne Leonard. The character on the front cover resembles Sam, so she and her friends see the similarities in appearance and name. Samantha and Suzanne are too close for Sam's comfort.

      Two, yes, as a kid I watched the Huckleberry Hound cartoons. And, yes, it's this wonderful cartoon character who is the inspiration for the dog in Stop! Do Not Read This Book.

      Thanks for the links to the opening and closing credits. I loved hearing the theme songs again. They're so familiar.

      My apologies for taking too long to respond to you. I had a big project last week and my poor emails/messages were neglected. Sorry about that.

      Love and Light,
      Robyn

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  2. Robyn, what a great review! I'm Ronald Fischman, from LinkedIn. This is really a good reward for your dedication, and it puts this book on my gift list for middle schoolers.

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    1. Thanks, Robert. I'm pleased with the review. Who wouldn't be?

      Thanks also for following my blog. I'm following your blog too.

      I'm thrilled to know that this book is on your gift list for middle schoolers. I'll be uploading the first chapter in a day or two as a free download. I hope you'll check it out.

      Love and Light,
      Robyn

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  3. Great review. Best of luck on sales.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Rebecka. I appreciate your support and best luck wishes.

      All the best to you!

      Love and Light,
      Robyn

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  4. Enjoyed your review, Robyn. I also write for middlegraders as well as adult mysteries. Stop by my site to win a copy of my new release, Gray Wolf Mountain: http://theviewfrommymountaintop.blogspot.com/

    I'm from LinkedIn.

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    1. Thanks, Jean. I'm glad you enjoyed my review.

      I stopped by your site and I'm now following your blog. Please feel free to follow my blog too.

      Gray Wolf Mountain sounds great. All the best with sales.

      Love and Light,
      Robyn

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  5. Great review. Sounds like a fun book for middle grade kids.
    FYI: I found your blog through LinkedIn's "Book Marketing / Do You Have a Blog?" group.

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    1. Hi Sandy,

      Nice to see you here at my blog. Thanks for your positive comment about the review and my book. Yes, it's definitely a fun book. I had a lot of fun writing it.

      See you on LinkedIn. All the best.

      Love and Light,
      Robyn

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  6. Well this review is intriguing as it should be. Best of luck! I do love puzzles and trying to guess what her problem might be will send many to find out more.

    Sincerely,
    Margarett

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    1. Thanks, Margarett. Thanks for stopping by to read the review of my book. And thanks for your best luck wishes. I appreciate them.

      Yes, I like to keep people guessing about Sam's problem. Got to keep those pages turning.

      All the best, and happy writing.

      Love and Light,
      Robyn

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