Monday, March 16, 2009

Unexpected Treasures by Victoria Osteen, illustrated by Diane Palmisciano

I was sort of determined not to like this book from the start, and I was not disappointed. Yes, her husband has quite a way with words, but Victoria does not. I guess it's a story about pirates, or at least children pretending to be pirates. It tries to cram way too many messages about friendship and Christianity into a picture book. Yes, Victoria knows end rhyme but this rhyming book has no scansion whatsoever. The text doesn't bounce, it bumps and it is nearly impossible to read aloud. Dr. Suess she ain't. It will sell well, of that I can be sure.

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