Friday, March 29, 2013

YA for Pre-K

a self-portrait drawn by my sister, Rose
YA book covers can be so misleading, especially if you are a four-year-old, a truth that I recognized after reading multiple blog posts and articles that resulted from authors asking their children to judge books by their covers. I recently decided to put this to the test with the help of my own little sister, who not only willingly, but quite enthusiastically, told me what she thought various YA novels are about. After positive response to that post, I decided to welcome her back for a special occasion: her fifth birthday!

I hope you enjoy more thoughts from my sister, who goes by her middle name, Rose, when joining me on my blog, and don't forget to check out  Sara at Forever 17 Books, a blogger who was one of my inspirations for this and who runs a meme similar to this feature!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

What the Five-Year-Old Says it's About:
First there was a very big face and her name was the Scary Girl and she had a big blue mask on and she only had one eye. And a scary boy came walking by that was just like her- he had a big face, a mask and only one eye-and they played some fun stuff like jump rope. That was the end.
I am glad the scary people befriended each other.

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

What the Five-Year-Old Says it's About:
I think it's about a rainbow and it goes wooh like this all the way on to a pillow. Some people climb up it and go woosh on the rainbow ride and it's a fun ride.
My sister was excited about this cover because she likes rainbows. 

Also Known As by Robin Benway

What the Five-Year-Old Says it's About:

Today is green day. It's St. Patrick's Day and this girl got dressed in black and white stripes even though it was St. Patricks Day. She went to work and one of her friends said, "You're not wearing green so you have to get pinched." But she didn't want to so she ran out of the store, went back to  her house, and locked the doors and windows. She changed into green and went back to work and her friend said, "Finally you're wearing green so let's have a dance."
 I asked her about this one earlier in the month, near St. Patrick's Day.

52 Reasons to Hate my Father by Jessica Brody

What the Five-Year-Old Says it's About:
One time there was a very scary girl. She never let anybody have any of her treats. And she lived in the Land of Sparkles. She never went away from the Land of Sparkles. There were so many lakes and mountains she could hide in. One day, her boyfriend came walking by and said "did you let anyone have some of your treats?" She said, "No! But I'll let you have some of my treats." They sat down under a palm tree to eat some treats.
Why all the "scary" girls? 

Ask the Passengers by A. S. King

What the Five -Year-Old Says it's About:
Once there was a girl that was dressed in green and she lied in the orange grass. And she never went out or she would apically die.
How she knows the word apically I have no idea.I am pretty sure she just made it up.
Rose has to leave now, but she was very excited to talk to you all again. Stay tuned because she may be making another return appearance!


  1. OMG so cute and imaginative! I can't even pick a favorite. I think I like the Land of Sparkles best. lol <3

  2. Rose, who is also my little sister, has loved rainbows for over a year. I was wondering what she would say about The Disenchantments.

  3. This so makes me want to do the same thing with my five-year-old. She just told me her favorite kinds of books are, "Hello Kitty lives inside my heart kind of books." Last night she told me she wants to be meat for Halloween. I wish we could bottle 5 and keep it forever.


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