Tuesday, July 13, 2010

book talk tuesday

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN by Gertrude Chandler Warner
IndieBound Description:
Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are orphans. Determined to make it on their own, they set out to find a safe place to live. They discover an old, red boxcar that provides shelter from a storm. Against all odds, they make it into their home--and become the Boxcar Children.

My Thoughts: My third grade teacher read this book aloud to us and I loved it so much I took it out of the library immediately after and then had my mother buy it for me. It's a young, sweet book--definitely a kid's fantasy about how running away would be (just the good, fun stuff) and probably not at all realistic for today's youth. But I think they would still enjoy it! Also, this new cover (the one above) I think is really bad! This makes it look really outdated and out of touch. It's actually more of a nostalgic book which is why I think the publisher should go back to what I think is the original cover (or at least the cover it had when I was young). In the meantime, try reading this with a paper bag over the cover; once kids give it a chance, they'll like it!

4 comments:

Sarah said...

this was one of my favorites, too! It's the first book I remember reading ALL BY MYSELF. So the independence themes are doubled for me!

albertwhitman said...

Personally, I like this paperback cover art. However, Albert Whitman actually does publish a lovely hardcover special edition copy with the original cover art:

http://www.albertwhitman.com/content.cfm/bookdetails/The-Boxcar-Children-Collectors-Edition

Grace Lin said...

Yes, I LOVE this book! That is probably why I am so critical of the paperback cover, I know kids today will love it too and am afraid the cover might turn them off. (In other words, I'm sorry if what I said about the cover was mean, it's out of love!).

Someone did say to me that the new cover is brighter and perhaps the older cover might seem scary to the young reader, which is a good point. The brighter cover is more eye-catching and appealing. But to me, the style of the clothing the kids are wearing looks dated. I hope Albert Whitman considers a repackage someday in the future, these books are too good to get lost!

Thanks for the collector's edition link.

albertwhitman said...

That's good feedback--thank you Grace!