One-Minute Book Reviews

March 13, 2009

Should One of These Children’s Books Win a Delete Key Award for Bad Writing? Who Deserves It More – Kathi Appelt or Laura Bush and Jenna Bush?

Two children’s books have made the shortlist for the 2009 Delete Key Awards, which recognize authors who don’t use their delete keys enough. Should either win a prize on Monday?

Laura Bush and Jenna Bush are finalists for these lines from Read All About It!, a picture book in which exclamation points run amok:

“I say, ‘The library is a boring place! All I will meet there are stinky pages.’”


“Miss Toadskin thinks she can gross us out with her science experiments. But I live for that stuff!”

Kathi Appelt is a finalist for this redundancy from The Underneath, a runner-up for the most recent Newbery Medal and National Book Award for young people’s literature:

“The pain she felt was palpable.”

© 2009 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.

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