The problem, clearly, isn’t that we have a shortage of time. It’s more that we have an overload of everything else.
Matt Haig, p. 76, Notes on a Nervous Planet
Reading Matt Haig‘s new book this weekend has made me sit up and think about things. Recently I have found myself running out of time to do many of the things I enjoy, more than usual. Matt Haig’s book Notes on a Nervous Planet has come into my life just at the right time, for I am an ‘overloader’. I request books to review for my blog because I love reading and reviewing books. I love promoting quality children’s and YA literature for all to enjoy. However, I have high expectations of myself when working on my reviews. I like to delve deep into the picture books I review, looking at the visual grammar, the collaboration between verbal and visual, and the rest. But what happens when ‘overload’ occurs? Do I let the books sit on the shelf, waiting to be read and reviewed, until I ‘get time’? No, I don’t want to. So, I have decided to introduce Rapid Reviews to my blog.
Rapid Reviews will be short, snappy reviews of picture books. They will contain a brief synopsis, evaluation and recommendation, and may contain a list of picture book codes and other picturebook elements I think notable. Where possible I will link to teacher notes available from the publisher, as these are always fun to read!
Haig, M., (2018) Notes on a Nervous Planet. Edinburgh: Canongate.