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2.0 out of 5 stars How to Kill To Kill a Mockingbird, 22 Sep 2011
This review is from: GCSE English Text Guide - To Kill a Mockingbird (Paperback)
There are several study guides published for To Kill a Mockingbird. In my eagerness to buy one at the start of term, to capture my child's interest in the book and forthcoming GCSE, I chose this study guide after a fairly rigorous study of the date of publication, authors and so forth. I did not buy blind without any idea of what I was purchasing. Nevertheless, I am hugely disappointed with this book, with its authorship, its presentation, its child-like cartoon drawings and overly simplified and grammatically poor analysis of the text, plot and characters.

Please do not buy this book if you have any hopes or aspirations for your child at GCSE. The narrative and perspective of the author comes through strong and clear at every turn, creating an additional and disturbing subjective commentary on the book. It is unnecessary, and does the real value of the book, no good service at all.

The cartoon drawings, the simplificaiton of character and very base analysis of what is going on in the story, would seem to be aimed at those entered for GCSE but with little expectation of attainment at a good pass grade. It really is a waste of paper, and I would suggest, of the author's time and the publishers commitment.
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Initial post: 7 May 2013 08:16:12 BDT
You say you didn't 'buy blind', but I'd have to say that there's a very strong (and very well-known) generic style to all CGP guides... it seems odd that you'd choose to *buy* a CGP guide and then attack it for all the qualities for which they're most famous. I'm also confused by the comment beginning "The narrative and perspective...". I assume you're talking about the guide's author, not Lee... but if so (and having read this study guide), I don't really know what 'narrative' you're referring to... and I don't see any particularly unusual or fringe-y interpretation of TKAM in the CGP guide.

More clarification on the latter point might be useful for potential buyers..?
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