Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.
This book is trying so hard and with so little subtlety that I was paying more attention to the author’s turn of phrase than the actual story, which was really not bad. It’s like watching a marionette show and thinking about the skill of the puppet master rather than getting so sucked into it that you forget that it’s just puppets with strings yanking their little wooden limbs.
I read this for the 16 Tasks of the Festive Season challenge, for Square 6: December 5th-6th and 8th: Sinterklaas / Krampusnacht (5th) / St. Nicholas Day (6th) - A Story involving children or a young adult book, or a book with oranges on the cover, or whose cover is primarily orange (for the Dutch House of Orange) –OR– with tangerines, walnuts, chocolates, or cookies on the cover. The main character of this book is 9 years old.