Yazmeenka Goes Electric
Teresa Henryka Panjer (Author)
Erin Panjer (Illustrator)
I have read over 80 books the first 4 months this year, and average over 150 a year. I seldom write negative reviews; if I am really not enjoying something I usually discard it and move on. The author has contacted me indicating they really want a review. First it took me 4 attempts to get through a 27 page book that has pictures on every facing page, so 12 pages of text. It looks and feels more like a leveled reader than many publishers put out. For the type of book it appears to be, it is way too wordy. These books are not supposed to be crammed full of text from top to bottom of page. The illustrations are bland and lackluster and, if anything, overcrowded. The story was a good idea - it was just overall poor execution. I would have to say it is the worst book I have read in years.
(As an aside to authors and marketing types out there: Do not contact reviewers and ask for a review or a book or product and offer to send a review copy. Then when you send the review copy include a letter that states: "Also, let me know the details as to method of payment, or a donation etc. Whatever you like. When and how I may expect the review, and if you enter your book reviews with online bookstores." If you want me to buy your book to review send me info on the book and where to buy. Also, the others questions are information you should have before you send out the review copy.)