This book was not for me, whether it wasn’t the right timing or just the structure of the book, I’ll never be sure. Although reading this book was a choice assignment for school and my initial belief was that reading a children’s book would be the easy route to take. In the end, this book took a day max to read but I gained no pleasure reading it – it wasn’t worth it.
The structure and plot was very interesting and I thought the idea of being born old and growing younger could easily be made in a novel to appeal to adults. The language was confusing at times because it was based in the late 1800s. Although, I did love how the issues of the time presented theirselves from the first page of the book. It talks about how the “Confederacy” was populated by high class wealthy people. It also talks about how parents “hoped [their child] would be a boy so he could be sent off to [nice colleges]” (5) and used words such as “Cuff,” which I had to look up the meaning to.
The literature in this book was very simple, probably because it was written for children. The chapters were fairly short which was probably intended to keep the attention of the young kids reading it. Fitzgerald was very descriptive throughout the entire book, especially when describing newly introduced characters. Although the setting was barely touched on, it didn’t feel necessary since the book was already short enough to begin with and there were more important things to touch on. The organization and structure of the book was also very odd and hard to read in some parts. It would go into extreme detail and prolong a single scene for a couple too many pages. In other cases, significant events only received minor detail which was especially hard to read.
The illustrations were phenomenal and very beautiful from cover to cover and the illustrations were mysterious and confusing because they had more content to them other than the words you were reading. Of course the illustration were related to the text, but there was so much other elements to them which made the book all the more enjoyable. It also allowed room for the author and illustrator to show their point of view on what the details of the book are, which you don’t get to see as creatively or as obviously as in picture books.
In the end, I would only recommend reading this book if you’re reading it to your intelligent daughter or son.