Wednesday, June 3, 2015

ARC Review: Judy Blume (Women Who Broke the Rules)

Title: Judy Blume: Are You There, Reader? It's Me, Judy!
Series: Women Who Broke the Rules
Author: Kathleen Krull
Source: ARC from Bloomsbury
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
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A new series complete with full-color illustrations that celebrates amazing women, from acclaimed author Kathleen Krull!

In the vein of the popular Who Was? series and Jean Fritz's much-beloved biographies, Women Who Broke the Rules celebrates the bold and brave women who have forged their own paths - breaking rules along the way - to help shape our country's past, present, and future.

Judy Blume wrote her way through controversy and censorship to become a pioneer who helped make it okay for kids and teens to discuss their everyday concerns, including the kinds of things people don't always like to talk about. Now more than forty years into her career of writing frank and funny books, Judy still has the amazing ability to connect with young readers and adults.

My Review

Another fabulous book in the Women Who Broke the Rules series by Kathleen Krull, also set to release on June 9, 2015, is Judy Blume: Are You There, Reader? It's Me, Judy! Of course it's about the one and only Judy Blume who definitely broke a few rules to become one of the most beloved and popular children's authors of all time.

First of all, I love that Ms. Krull does not hide the fact that Judy Blume's books were not always appreciated and beloved. First, she had a hard time getting published, and then when she was finally an established author, people wanted to remove her from school libraries. I grew up in the period immediately following the time when Ms. Blume was the most banned author in America. I remember her books pretty much being everywhere in elementary school and being encouraged to read her books.

As an adult, this book inspired me because Krull writes about Blume in an easy-going way that just reaches people. Kids will love reading and learning about Judy Blume if they haven't already discovered her. If they have, it's a great biography for them to learn about an author they are already familiar with through reading her books.

I'd definitely recommend this book to any little Judy Blume fan out there. I'd also recommend it for children who may be doing a book report on Ms. Blume because it will definitely give them a better idea as who she was as a person and as a writer.

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