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Magic mushrooms? Seriously?
Reviewed in Canada on March 26, 2021
I was excited to get this, what a let down. I homeschool my children and therefore am very picky with what they read and soak up from the real world. I expose them to classics like Mark Twain, Kipling, Dickens etc. I knew I wasn't going to get a masterpiece of a series but as I read the first chapter to proofread if it was appropriate for my 8 and 10 year old, I noticed a few things other parents such as myself might want to know.
Right away, "global warning" is dropped in a paragraph, then "magic mushrooms". Seriously? Were going to bring this stuff up to children? And I'm sorry but even if your child is 12, they're still a child. The author uses bad behavior in order to mae the book sound funny, but I felt its simply lack of literary talent. The overall tone is negative and cheap. The characters are nasty: a kleptomaniac girl pick-pocketing from strangers, throwing lunch on another kids lap, throwing chunks of food at a kids head, insulting teachers.
The main character goes to a school for troubled kids and was abandoned by his father which you can read on the back of thr book. Are these really the values we want to teach out children today in 2021 as the world continues to decay? Im not sure whether to return this or use it later down the road as a lesson to teach the difference between classics and junk.
"Disney books", should of know....