Monday, July 1, 2013

Hannah, age 9, gives Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret 5 stars (and 22 exclamation marks)

For kid's books, there's nothing better than a book review by kids.
Here's what Hannah, age 9, over at BookCubs had to say about Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret.

If you like funny fantasy books you’ll love this. It is fantastic. If you do not think it is great, you are crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And as a writer, there's nothing better than a kid's review like that. :) And yes, all those exclamation points are her's. I didn't add any.

Her favorite part was Miri's dinner with the Queen. That makes me happy, because I had fun writing it. (Sneak Peek - there'll be more fancy dinners with funny dishes in Book 2.)

Before I wrote about Miri's first meal in Kai Kaona, I ate some seaweed salad! It wasn't too bad. A little rubbery. :) Some of the rest came from memories I have - like when someone advised me to order "seafood" noodles in Japan and it turned out to be "seaweed" noodles. 

And the time at a fancy restaurant in New Orleans that my grandmother was served a baked fish with its head still on.  She was a proper Southern lady, a phenomenal cook, and had cleaned a few fish from my grandfather's catch in her day. She would never have served a fish head at her table. She sent that fish right back to the kitchen to be properly prepared!

What about you - what's the strangest, most adventurous, thing you've ever eaten? Leave a comment and tell us about it! 


  1. Great post and thanks for sharing our review. Hannah does get a bit carried away on exclamation points and emoticons, but that is definitely what you get with kid reviews. I can't wait to show her this post because she is actually quite an adventurous eater. Her favorite is sushi and she loves seaweed salad. I'm not sure how she'd do with the full fish but she did try escargot recently. Looking forward to book 2!

  2. I love the exclamation points in Hannah's review! And emoticons are useful too. Something about electronic communication means you often need one or the other or you can come across as mad when you area actually happy. :)

    That is great the Hannah loves to try eating new things. Escargot is adventurous!