Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New Year, New 30 Day Book Challenge, Day 21

Day 21: Favorite Book from Your Childhood


I have written about my favorite books from my childhood before (The Witch, the Cat, and the Baseball Bat and Follow My Leader were two favorites). So to freshen things up, I thought I would write about a kid’s book that I have read as an adult but still really loved.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. It’s the story of a young girl who begins high school after being home schooled her entire life. ['s Mean Girls? Because I loved Janis Ian in that.] Stargirl is an absolute unapologetic nonconformist. [Um...her name is "Stargirl?" See? This is why we should have more bullying...of parents.] She plays the ukulele and sings happy birthday to strangers. She likes to dress in everything from kimonos to flapper clothing and best (or worst) of all, she cheers for both teams at football games. [I hate this girl. A lot.] This last little oddity is what ultimately makes her an outsider at school.  Don’t worry, she meets a popular boy! Leo is taken with Stargirl’s generosity to strangers and compassionate heart. I know, what fifteen year old boy isn’t attracted to "generosity and compassion?" [Don't worry Leo! There are a bunch of videos on YouTube! It gets better!] Anyway, he adores Stargirl and in turn the school shuns him too. He tries to persuade her to be “normal,’ and friends, that’s where he goes wrong.  It’s been a decade since I’ve read this book, so this may be completely wrong, but it sounds good right? My pal Emily will let me know if this is wrong, she's nuts about this book. 

This sweet book reminds me of one of my favorite movies, Harold and Maude. What can I say; I love a rebel. [I like Harold because he's morbid.]


Since Gianna picked a book she read as an adult, so will I. I liked Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Mostly, I like to chase pigeons. If adult dogs are allowed to chase them, why not adult humans? And don't give me that "adult dogs pee on street signs" argument either, because Gianna once suggested that I date a guy who was peeing on a street sign in her neighborhood.  All I have to say to that is if Gianna chased more pigeons in her neighborhood, there'd probably be fewer people peeing on street signs. In conclusion, pigeons don't have thumbs and can't reach the pedals on the bus.

(I am feeling feverish tonight. This is what you get.)
Pigeon interpretation of Gianna's reaction
to Liz's post.

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