November 10, 2007
Book Review: Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff by Jennifer Holm
Ginny Davis and her 7th grade year of school is the subject of this book, which uses notes, report cards, newspaper clippings, birthday cards, and other miscellaneous texts to tell her story.
This is one of many books that has come out recently that uses a multi-media approach to storytelling. One look at the cover, which sports meatloaf and tater tots, is enough to make anyone quote Napoleon Dynamite: "Give me your tots."
Holms is successful in telling this tale. I found myself smiling at Ginny's misfortunes. She lists people she could babysit for, the last one being Tiffany Kurtz, who bites. Of course, it is Mrs. Kurtz that ends up calling Ginny to babysit.
But the story isn't all humor. Her older brother, Henry, gets into some serious trouble. And at one point, Ginny's grades drop noticeably from almost all A's to C's.
This is sure to be grabbed off the shelf often. The audience here is clearly lower middle school. My library classified it in children's fiction instead of young adult, which I am not sure I agree with.