Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Review: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Synopsis from Goodreads: "Meg's father mysteriously disappears after experimenting with the fifth dimension of time travel. Determined to rescue him, Meg and her friends must outwit the forces of evil on a heart-stopping journey through space and time. A commemorative edition with an Introduction by the author. A Newbery Medal winner."
My Review: Well this one started out really good but I kind of lost interest about half way through and had to force myself to finish. At first I thought I would really connect with Meg because she seemed a lot like me but as I read she really struck me as kind of a whiner. She was so immature throughout the end of the book. Charlie kind of freaked me out, he was a great little brother but the more into the adventure they got he seemed to be far too intelligent. I loved Calvin, he was the most normal of the bunch. I also enjoyed the Mrs. Ws, they were interesting characters and I did like how they didn't just hand the kids the solution. I think though my favorite was Aunt Beast, and she played such a minor role, I wish that the entire story took place on her world. The storyline itself didn't seem to interest me, maybe it was a little too science related for me. I am beginning to think that these middle readers are books that are best read during the appropriate age, they seem to be a little lacking compared to my normal books, but are probably great as a kid/teen.

My Rating: While I enjoyed this one more than Bridge to Terabithia, I still don't think I enjoyed it as much as I should have, so I give it a rating of Two Paws and a Stump Wag. I think maybe kids should read this one when they have the chance to enjoy it to its fullest rather than try to revisit it later in life.


  1. I never read this series. I think I categorized it with The Chronicles of Narnia and the Little House books, which I absolutely refused to read as a kid. I have wanted to try these, though. I'm afraid you're right, though, middle grade books seem to be harder to read the older you get.

  2. I am kind of surprised I didn't read it in school, I know a lot of classes have it as required reading. It really does seem with these middle grade books that its difficult to relate to all age groups.