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I fear for this world.,
This review is from: Four Children and It (Paperback)
I don't like giving negative reviews very much, and I'd say most Jaqueline Wilson books average a three in my opinion, but this one... I was angry about. Yes, in my opinion, it did rather copy 'The Five Children and It.'
Simple words used, and the magic is tacky. I am not even a teenager and I think that A: Nesbit's novel is better, B: The language used is too basic. It is not as well written as the Five children and It.
There is almost nothing positive I can say for this novel, which I'm sorry about, apart from the fact that Rosalind is the only vaguely reasonable character (is that even positive?) But it would've been nicer if she'd read Sophie's World or Schindler's List or something. It would give a bit more to the intelligence factor of her character. Otherwise... she's all right. At least she's the protagonist and not her sister, Smash (what sort of a name is Smash?)
Lastly and most importantly, and credit I can give to Jaqueline Wilson in a sadly negative way; This book paints a startlingly accurate and negative picture of what the world has become and what children these days mostly are. People in my school read J. Wilson all the time and they haven't even heard of the Five children and It, let alone anything but what they have seen on television. Most of them don't even READ.
This sad, sad world.